A Tribute to the School Mom

Her children rise up and call her blessed. ( a proverb by King Lemuel's mother)

The junior high and high school in Happy is a bit less happy today, having lost their school secretary this week. But Mev was much more than a mere secretary. She was the one the kids first saw when they walked into the principal's office in the morning. It was Mev who listened to their clever excuses as to why they were late, it was Mev who prepared those who had erred in their ways and were about to meet the man who would introduce them to "the paddle". It was Mev who listened to the kids who just needed a shoulder to cry on, Mev who rejoiced with them when they achieved some minor accomplishment that was anything but minor in their eyes.

It was Mev who acted as the school principal whenever the principal had to be out of the office. It was Mev who drove a bus, because the school was short of bus drivers (on one occasion, into a small herd of black Angus cows, who had picked the middle of the county road to bed down on one dark morning) It was Mev who worked overtime in the summer months, because it was needed, and Mev who worked overtime in the winter months, because it was needed.

Mev served under two superintendents, three principals and with dozens of teachers. More importantly, Mev positively impacted literally hundreds of young men and women who were in desperate need of such positive influence. Mev always had a smile for everyone, when they came to her office - even when she didn't feel like smiling. In fact, last night was the first time in my memory that I walked into her office without seeing a smile. You see, she and her husband were packing up her things to leave that office for the last time. To tell the truth, it's the first time that I walked into Mev's office that I didn't feel like smiling.

Mev is going to be missed on a lot of different levels for a lot of different reasons, but the main reason is this: Happy is not losing someone who was "just a secretary". Happy is losing it's School Mom... and it just won't be the same without her.

A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gates. Proverbs 31:30-31, NIV