It’s with great honor to continue sharing Mrs. Lawrence’s article. It’s my fondest wish that you, the reader, will share her story/article with others. Below is the rest of her story/article:
I was invited to school to lunch several times after I became strong enough to get into a car, and an invitation came the last week of school. The principal sent a car for me, and when I reached there, I was ushered into the final teachers’ meeting. In a few minutes one of the teachers came in and presented me with a small flower pot filled with sand into which were stuck some yellow daisies. A verse of poetry accompanied the flowers. Here it is----
“Under the sod God puts His gift
Of nourishment for each flower part.
Under this earth we’ve put our gift
Of tribute to your undaunted heart.”
Upon reading it my curiosity was aroused, and I had a desire to take out the daisies and empty the sand from the pot, so I did it and found in the bottom, some bills and change. What a heavenly surprise! I’ll never forget the thrill.
All of this unselfishness on the part of my former workers at school has helped me to come back to a great degree of normalcy. Perhaps, I’ll never be able to resume my work in a classroom, but my life is spared to those who need me even if I am helpless in many respects. The unselfishness of my fellow workers at school has taught me “that earth’s crammed with heaven.”
Mrs. Lawrence signed it as---An Invalid Classroom Teacher in Virginia. She passed away on Sunday, April 20, 1941 at her home.