Sue Vincent, the Wordsmith and Giver

A true wordsmith can pack a punch into few words that leaves the reader feeling as if s/he has been given a golden key to questioning and understanding.

A wordsmith who is also a giver leaves the reader feeling that s/he has found the road to happiness and a deeper understanding of why.  Love + Wisdom = Magic.  That is Sue Vincent.

I replied to her post “The Last Blog?”  My words were heartfelt, like all of the replies.  BUT, the wordsmith and giver said to me:

And you read me stories, Jennie… how wonderful is that? xx

Only our dear friend Sue Vincent could knock me over with a feather, make me cry, and also empower me to keep reading aloud  and telling stories.

Sue Vincent is a wordsmith and a giver.  I am a lucky one to know her.  She has infused much into my life.  And now, every time I read and tell stories, she will be there.  That is wonderful.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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77 Responses to Sue Vincent, the Wordsmith and Giver

  1. That truly is wonderful…for both of you!

  2. Kavi Arasu says:

    Yes, a true wordsmith can illuminate our soul!

  3. CarolCooks2 says:

    Sue definitely is a giver of wisdom and she sees in people that which I certainly don’t always see …she was also exactly right about you Jennie I think both of you are such special souls 🙂 x

  4. Sending all my best wishes to Sue.

  5. barbtaub says:

    Made me cry. Again.

    Thank you.

  6. Sue Vincent says:

    Thank you,Jennie… you never forget the child in each one of us.

  7. dgkaye says:

    Beautifully exchanged sentiment between both of you wonderful humans. ❤ ❤

  8. Ritu says:

    You are both wordsmiths, and givers in your own right, Jennie 💜

  9. Annika Perry says:

    Two beautiful, gifted souls connecting from afar via words and stories … the world is blessed! Hugs xx ❤️

  10. Oh, it is wonderful!

  11. quiall says:

    I feel the same way about her.

  12. beetleypete says:

    A heartfelt exchange, between two women who really do understand what’s important in lfe.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  13. Thank you for sharing this moment, Jennie. Keep reading to keep Sue with you.

  14. Darlene says:

    This is so perfect. The universe has a way of helping us find each other. Much love to both of you.

  15. willedare says:

    Thanks, Jennie — and Sue! I am still not sure why Sue’s imminent transition is affecting me so deeply. I am only acquainted with her thanks to WordPress. I have read many of her blog posts. She has been kind enough to read some (maybe many?) of mine — and even leave a comment now and then. I think partly what I am responding to is the grace she continues to bring to her blog posts — even as she inches closer to death/transformation — and how much she CONTINUES to give of herself — her thoughts, her feelings, her perspective, her insights, her wisdom — to the rest of us in her blog posts AND comments. She has certainly touched MANY of our hearts in the WordPress community… as have you, Jennie.

  16. Monica Singh says:

    Beautiful and sentimental message in the blog. So Well-described.

  17. Just beautiful, Jennie. It’s hard to put into words, the gifts Sue has given us. All we can do is speak from the heart with love and gratefulness. ❤

  18. Hi Jennie, I felt the same way about Sue’s post and, to be honest, I am still adjusting to her comments. When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 I couldn’t speak about it for two weeks. I had a tight pain in my stomach the whole time. I feel like this about Sue’s news too even though I expected it. Life can be very unfair.

    • Jennie says:

      I feel like you do, Robbie. How Sue has been able to write about her cancer in a broad sense and also in small moments is remarkable. I would be tight lipped, too. I expected this news, but was not ready for it. Yes, life can be very unfair.

  19. I read her post and then read it again. Thank you for connecting me to it. I don’t normally read Sue’s blog, only occasionally. This one was important to me and resonated deeply. I finally went back and left a comment even though I had many second thoughts about it. I have a very short attention span, I’m sad to say from childhood brain injury so I limit my reading more than I would like. Even more so these days. Thank you for posting this.

    • Jennie says:

      This particular post of Sue’s was especially powerful. I’m glad it resonated with you, as it did with me. What a writer she is! I totally understand about your attention span, Marlene. If I read too much at one sitting or if I read late at night, the next day I just don’t remember much of what I read. Best to you, Marlene.

  20. Thank you for this great posting, on Sue and her wonderful work, Jennie!

  21. A lovely tribute-and I agree.

  22. briliantaustin3 says:


  23. So true and so very lovely, Jennie. Hugs to you and to Sue. ❤

  24. blogs 2 u says:

    It’s great being a word Smith

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