Gloria spent the weekend with Lukas. Lukas adores Gloria. The two have been bonded at the hip. When Gloria spends a weekend with an Aqua Roomer, she carries along her journal, and it is always filled with adventures and photos.
Gloria and Lukas. Yes, it was a good thing Gloria had her hat.
Gloria likes dogs! I’m glad she snuggled with Ernie.
That same day, a former Aqua Roomer and her sister (who was in another class) stopped by for a visit. I saw them in the lobby and made a big fuss. Then I said to Vivian, “Would you like to say hi to Gloria?” Her eyes lit up, because Gloria meant everything to her. When things were tough or she was sad, Gloria was the only one who could mend those tears and fill the heart.
The first entry in Gloria’s current journal (she has many) was Vivian! Lukas is the newest entry .
Mom sent me her favorite photo from the journal. A picture is worth a thousand words:
Thank goodness for Gloria! Over the years and the decades she has been ‘the one’. In a quiet way she had given children love, hope, strength, and a sense of goodness. Everyone loves Gloria.
How lovely 😻
Thank you, Ritu! 💕
“Everyone loves Gloria.” Including the people who follow your blog, Jennie!
Awww… thanks, Dan! That’s so nice. I can’t wait for you to meet her, after snow season. I told her about you; she’s excited, but a little nervous. 🙂
Aww, my heart! Vivien and Lukas, and SO many others, have been so fortunate to have such a friendship and bond with Gloria! Jennie, the journal entries are pure magic and memories for those kids that they’ll never forget! I wish you would’ve been my teacher at some point. Am I too old to join your class now? I need a LONG bus ride to get to you! 💕🥰❤️
Oh, Karla… that is so nice. This is actually Gloria’s third journal. She has left her mark on many children over the years. I think I should repost my blog post on how Gloria first became an Aqua Roomer. You are never too old to join my class! Many thanks! 🥰
You’re welcome, Jenny! How precious! 🥰
Gloria is a marvel and those memories for both the children and you are priceless..Go Gloria!
Yes, Go Gloria! Thank you, Carol.
Just so blinking amazing Jennie!
Thanks so much, FR!
The title caused me to wonder where you were going with this – but once I saw the picture with Gloria, I smiled and relaxed. I always enjoy her tales of travel and interactions with others. Your ending says it all – “In a quiet way she had given children love, hope, strength, and a sense of goodness. Everyone loves Gloria.” Thanks for sharing, Jennie!
Thank you so much, Frank. I think I will repost how she ‘came to be’. She was as much of a learning experience for me as she is for the children.
How wonderful! We could all use Gloria from time to time. I’m sure the children she has comforted will never forget her. Way to go, Gloria (and Jennie)
Thank you, Darlene. She is the best. Yes, I have also taken her home for a weekend. ❤️
How wonderful to catch up with Gloria!
Gloria is a treasure indeed. She touches everyone’s heart.
Best wishes, Pete.
Ah, Gloria and the joy she brings.
What great memories and fun time for Gloria, the students, and you! Gloria is a treasure.
She really is, Deborah. Thank you!
There’s nothing better than a shared history when it is so positive.
Gloria never fails to deliver joy and love!
You are so right, Bruce!
Gloria is the best. Thanks for sharing her adventures.
She really is. Thank you, John.
You already know how I feel about this brilliant idea. The icing on the cake is the journal to compile her adventures with your students.
Yes, and then children can relive Gloria’s adventures over and over. It adds to all she does for children. I need to repost how she came to be, her backstory. Today… Thank you, Pete. Yes, I do know how you feel. ❤️
gloria is an endless source of comfort and delight for your students – so lucky for them
She really is, Beth. Thank you.
Oh! Jennie I think Gloria is just wonderful she is the best social worker I have ever heard of 💜💜💜💜
Yes, that’s exactly what she is. Thank you, Willow! 💕
You have many ‘Gloria Books” and relating the beginning of one to the end of the same book is delightful. The visit was serendipitous!
I think so, too. Who knew that the first entry would happen to be the child who stopped by?? Meant to be.
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Thank you, Michael!
What a great written documentary on Gloria’s work at school. 🙂 xx Michael
Thank you, Michael!
You will be unforgettable, Jennie! 🙂 xx Michael
Hi Jennie, I am always bowled over when I read these posts. I wonder how I would have reacted to Gloria as a child?
That is so kind. I’m glad. When children first see Gloria, they are a little scared, but as soon as she is presented as someone who was teased, and is shy, and a good friend, they love her. Children need someone who feels the same way they do, and understands. I think you would have embraced her, in the same context. Thank you, Robbie.
I love this Jennie. The Gloria diaries. 🙂 xx
I love that title! 😍
Yay! 🙂 x
I love seeing the family’s entries in Gloria’s journal. We can all use a little Gloria in our lives.
Her journal is the best! It means the world to the children, and is always exciting to read. Yes, we can all use a little Gloria. I think that’s why she is beloved. Thank you, Carla.