The best way to celebrate Friday 13th is driving to work to receive a frantic phone call from your mother who has just taken a hard fall, on ice and she “thinks” her wrist is broken. Fast forward four days later, and she is back to teaching. She’s a high school art teacher. She loves her career and embraces all the creativity of every single student who walks into her classroom - for her that was motivation enough to make sure she was there for the start of the new semester.
A quick flight (thank you US Air for upgrading me to first class) and I was back in Ohio, helping her adjust to life with limitations. Her surgeon gave her permission to go back to teaching, but she’s not able to drive for a couple weeks. The outpouring of support and help from former students, the teaching staff and co-workers has been overwhelming and heartwarming. When I return to Charlotte, I know she’ll be in great hands.
Upon returning to Charlotte, I will be hitting the ground running with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NASCAR Acceleration presented by Sprint, the Monster Jam at Time Warner Cable Arena and then celebrating my birthday. Thank you to all who have sent well wishes. We are very blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.