We enter this season of Thanksgiving with very grateful hearts as we have experienced enormous kindness and love over the past three months. At the end of August, our 20 year old daughter, Monica, was in a hiking accident in Northern Arizona and suffered a broken neck and sever head injury. It is the kind of incident that stops you in your tracks and throws your life into a tailspin.
Today, Monica is doing wonderfully well. She spent 2 months in the hospital and now works hard in an intensive rehab program. We expect a full and strong recovery! Monica is beginning to integrate back into her very active college life. She is hoping to take a few classes next semester as she eases back into her studies. This posting, however, is not really about her, but rather about all the kindness and love we have experienced along the way.
We have been showered with love and attention from family, friends and strangers alike. We cherish the hundreds of cards we received while in the hospital, letters from first graders, countless meals from neighbors, an ASU game ball presented by the Coach, teddy bears, flowers, gifts and most of all kind thoughts and prayers. The children’s music community of artists and songwriters have embraced us as well.
We are ever more aware of the importance of nurturing this kindness in our children. Our teacher friend, Emily, sent us a treasured book of letters and pictures from her first grade class. An incredible example of teaching kindness. We also believe strongly that music can be a vehicle to teach these important values. (See our songs about Character Education).
And so we give thanks for all we have received especially during this trying time! (Also see our songs about Thanksgiving).
Peace, Alice & David Burba
Songs For Teaching Owners