August 7, 2013: Teacher’s Teacher

~ by Mary Galvano

This week, along with two others I am directing a summer music camp for the children at my parish. It has been somewhat of a challenge with the age group being so young. Attention spans are at a minimum. There is one boy in particular who has trouble “not talking” while the teacher is talking. These children have so much to learn, so it seems.

Here I was sitting with them talking about spirituality and life when all of a sudden one of the little girls said aloud, “my brother is having an operation tomorrow.” I stopped what I was doing and asked what kind of operation. “He has cancer.” I wasn’t expecting that and my heart sank.

Here I was living in my own world thinking that these children have so much to learn about life when in reality they are living the reality of life already. But what really floored me was after I asked the group to say a pray for this child’s brother and his operation, the little boy that always disrupts the class said very loudly almost in a “this is what we should do” voice “I’ll say a decade of the Rosary for you!” Wow! After almost all morning telling this boy to be quiet and to stop disrupting the class he was teaching me what I missed seeing in him. For the rest of the day I recognized the deep spirituality of this young boy. And when I started treating him differently he started behaving differently. He became the teacher’s teacher.

God did it again. He does work in mysterious ways. I was judging a book by its cover and learned there is more to this person than meets the eye. This is what happens with being judgmental or prejudice. We overlook the true identity of a person, the essentials of a human being, to what we want to make a person out to be. If only we could see beyond the surface as God does, the world would be at peace.

Before judgment is passed on to anyone or before we identify someone the wrong way, our hearts need to be opened. See beyond what the world might see. This can also go for the people who look so perfect to us on the outside. Look closely, they may have many faults. As for these children I look forward to working with them again. They have a lot to teach me.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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