Dear editor,

The saddest part of today’s hustle and bustle we call our lives, is the fact that we never take the time to actually stop and enjoy the simplest pleasures. We just take for granted that they will always be there to enjoy later. We go through life so fast, never stopping to wonder how we have impacted, good or bad, the lives of others. It’s this reason that I want to let others know how they have left a positive mark on the life of my child. As parents, we have often heard those dreaded words…”Do you know what your child did today?” and seldom is it something they want to hear. So to all the parents of the “children” I am addressing: “Do you know what your child did today!?” They did something extraordinary.

I would like to take a moment to thank several “Kiddos” who have shown extraordinary kindness to my daughter during their many years of school together. It would take up one whole issue of your newspaper to mention each and every one by name. Most of the students probably are not aware of the tremendous impact they have had on her.

Thank you for your simple acts of kindness, whether you were her “assigned buddy” - the nice name your teacher gave for the daunting task of making sure Becca found her way, or kept up while doing group projects, or the gracious dance classes that kept her smiling at any of the many recitals where she always seemed several steps behind, or the mere kindness of taking a few precious moments to stop and talk to her. It may not seem like miraculous acts of feat to most folks, but if they only knew the hours upon days afterwards that her father and I would hear “that is my friend from school!” they would understand. It’s been several weeks now and I am still getting the run down on that group of her friends that walked past us, dressed in roaring 20s outfits, much to the delight of my daughter, where nearly each and every one said, “Hey Becca” as they passed us in the aisle at her favorite greeting place. I cannot relay to you how much these things that most folks take for granted, means to Becca.

I wish I had the time and space to thank each one of you individually, but you know who you are. I wish I could make you understand how much you have meant to her all these years. How much just those few moments of your kindness will last a lifetime to her. I want each and every one of you to know that you all are “My Hero.” Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our child feel “normal.”

From the bottom of the hearts of Becca’s parents,

Robbie and Kathy Parks