This is actually a story about receiving a giving key!
It was the last day of school, and I was saying goodbye to all of my fifth graders. Not only was it the last day of this school year, but I have decided to stop teaching at the school I've been at for six years. I have felt a desire for a change, and was honestly a bit burnt out. I am at a point in my life where I don't know what is in store for me next, but I felt so right about quitting and making some sort of change...still unsure of what it is.
So...school gets out and I'm hugging my students and one of the mom's of my students is lingering. She then comes over to me and we give each other a hug and she says, "I have something I want to give you." She then proceeds to take a necklace off of her neck and puts it on me. She tells me it is called a giving key and that it is something you buy to give to someone else and that she felt that I could use the message of HOPE. Something hits me and I begin tearing up, as does she. I immediately felt something very special and thanked her!
A little back story, I had talked to her a month before about how I was probably moving and that I wasn't sure where my life was going to take me but I was moving forward regardless. We spoke a little bit about religion as well!
So, back to the last day of school, I go home that day and research the giving keys and I literally start crying when I read about them and how they are to be passed on to someone who needs the message more than they do. I needed that message, and she knew I needed it.
I proceed to email her and thank her again so much for the necklace and I told her that she was inspired to give that to me because I have no clue what I'm doing with my life and I really do need that hope and faith in the future.
The best part was this...she emails me back and said, "Ok, the story about the necklace." She goes on to tell me the whole story about how the day before she heard a voice telling her to give the necklace to me. She initially ignored and and she told me about how she adored the necklace and wasn't ready to give it away. She chickened out when she saw me later that day. The next day, the last day of school, she felt again that God was wanting her to give that necklace to me. She brought it with her and waited until the very last moment to give it to me. She thought that I might think it was weird that she was giving it to me, but she said that my reaction said everything. This was truly an inspired story. I cry every time I think about it or tell it to people. I have hardly taken the necklace off since I have received it, and I LOVE it so much and the meaning and story behind it make me love it that much more.
I just purchased a necklace from The Giving Keys that says, STRENGTH on it, and I am so excited to wear it and look for the opportunity to bless someone's life like she blessed mine. So grateful!