The People that
The Kids & Parents
I was previously asked / challenged to write about someone who inspired me within the YMCA; possibly a volunteer, peer, or staff member. I thought about this for nearly a week, tasked myself 30 minutes each day to do so. Each time I thought about it, I came back to the kids. I came to the conclusion last night that those who inspire me are my kids. Yes, I said my kids, as in my, or mine. Each day, I am blessed with the joy of helping kids reach their truest potential, helping them find their best possible selves, and pushing them to lead a life outside of peer pressure or media standards.
I believe that those kids who have parents that come in each day and give their child or children their undivided attention and are present in the moment, are inspiring. Parents who look at their children like the true gift that they are and recognize that the moment of childhood is fleeting and choose to stop, look and live in the beauty that is before them, is beyond touching. Getting a glimpse of youth, innocence, unbelievable love, as well as complete happiness, always fills my heart. Parents have the ability to mold, push, give, guide, mentor, as well as love the children they were gifted with.
I then came to the realization that it is not just the kids that inspire me, but also the parents. Parents like you, who inspire me to give the best possible care. You inspire me to see the individual child that belongs to you and inspire me to see and experience a love that has no limits, boundaries, or guidelines on how parenting must be done. I thank and appreciate all families who have inspired me to look forward to work each and every day, who have welcomed me into their lives, and have allowed me and trusted me to mold, grow, and cultivate your most precious gift. Up until today I wasn’t sure what to write in response to what inspires me at the Y. I now know and realize it’s not a peer that inspires me; it is a family’s love that makes each day an inspiration and a motivation. My thanks to the following people who surprised me last night with an award of recognition: Christine, Paresh, Ashwin, Tate, Trevor, Kim, Sophia, Lauren, Missy, Mia, Diana, Zoe, the Vandeneyden family, the Shelton family, the Tangney, and the Godinez family.
Jaime Alls, Moffett YMCA Director