Got up at 3:00 a.m. yesterday, took a cab to the Austin airport, 6:30 flight to St. Louis, drove a rental car two and a half hours in the pouring rain to teach Eclipse software to some future court reporters in Southern Illinois. Usually when it's raining, students don't show up, but they were there.

At the end of my class, they presented me with a thank-you card that they'd all signed and a Starbucks gift card. I've been doing this sort of thing at schools near and far for free for nine years, and that simple token of appreciation really stopped me in my tracks.

It's so touching and heartwarming to be appreciated. Possibly even life-changing. I'm vowing to do better with expressing my thankfulness, because you just never know what a person is going through and what it took for them to be where they are when they're there for you.

Thank you, John A. Logan College students and Ms. Marilyn, for teaching ME the lesson yesterday! I appreciate you.

Julie Samford

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Comment by Christine (Steno Nerd) on September 25, 2009 at 19:40
Comment by Rebecca Callow on September 25, 2009 at 12:36
Wow, Julie, that is great news about the Logan College court reporting students. It really is nice to be appreciated! That's the kind of thing that makes what we do worthwhile.
Comment by Julie Samford on September 25, 2009 at 6:06
Thank you, Danette! It is a wonderful field and a great career. Hope your day is awesome!
Comment by Lamb Lamb on September 25, 2009 at 6:04
That is such a fantastic post. Sounds like your a great person. I hope I am able to help out like you when I finish school. I never imagined how much I would enjoy this field, and with people like you on this amazing site it gives me so much more to look forward to. Have a blessed day! :)

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