I Wonder

“It’ the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling,
 And everyone telling you,
”Be of good cheer,”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Wonder. What an interesting word.  You hear the word wonder or its associative wonderful frequently during the holiday season.  So I looked it up to see exactly what it meant, and this is the following definition that I found on  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/wonder:

As a Noun –


a. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or surprising: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.

b. The quality that arouses such emotion: “Her long fair hair was girlish, and touched with the wonder of mortal beauty, her face” (James Joyce).


a. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: Given all his unhealthy habits, it’s a wonder he’s lived this long. She was a wonder in that movie.

b. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.


a. An extraordinary or remarkable act or achievement: That teacher has worked wonders with these students.

b. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.


As Verb –

1. To have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration: We wondered at the ease with which she settled into her new job.

2. To be filled with curiosity or doubt: I could only wonder after hearing his excuse. I wondered about his late-night comings and goings.

3. To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: I wondered what kind of costume she would wear. I wondered why I said that.


As an adjective –

Remarkable or extraordinary, especially in being beneficial: considers quinoa a wonder grain.


So What’s All the Hype About Wonder?

Through my 32 years as being a Speech/Language Pathologist, I have often been blessed with precious gifts from my clients at Christmas time. I think some of the most special have been an array of various ornaments for my tree; some being very fragile and expensive and some having been made from the hands of those giving them.  For example, one year a little guy made, with the help of his mom of course, a simple bell out of a small clay planter turned upside down with a jingle bell attached in the center by way of a red ribbon used to adorn the tree with.  The little man’s name is crudely engraved across the clay in his own small way of writing it.

Expensive? Not at all, but priceless!

Each year as I take out each of my Christmas tree ornaments and carefully select the limb that will be their home for the season, I always wonder about where those special children are now:

  • Did they overcome all their communication or learning limitations?
  • Did they go to college?
  • Did they get married…have children of their own?
  • Did they become successful?


All these “did” questions make me wonder about my impact on their life.  For example, every year I hang this little ornament that looks like a picture frame and it bears the photo of the one that gave it.  His name is Andrew and he had a pretty significant stuttering disorder.  Andrew was the cutest little thing you would ever see and his parents were just delightful.  I absolutely loved working with Andrew – and his family.  But they moved away before the stuttering problem was resolved, so I never knew whether Andrew was able to totally resolve his problem or not.  You see, stuttering can be an extremely difficult disorder to work with in some specific situations.

Andrew would be about 21 years old now.

Wow…this reflective moment is really aging me!


The Fruits of our Labor

But seriously, I do wonder if my labors have produced much fruit.  I wonder if at the end of the day – the end of my life – I will leave behind a part of me that impacted someone else’s life and made it a better world for them.


Not only do I work hard in the career field of my choice, but also along side my dear friend Sharon with our desire to help other women who face breast cancer and its treatment.  Our goal with the Got Your BackPax Support System is to equip women with the tools and support they need to make their journey through chemotherapy a bit easier and comfortable.  The past almost 4 years have been a blessing for Sharon and I as we have literally seen the fruits of our labor come forth as women have found the assurance and confidence they need to walk through their journeys – all from a simple little backpack.

Our backpax systems have been sent out across the country and distributed by hospitals as they bring forth emotional support to their patients.  I just wonder how many lives have been helped by the love that goes into each and every one…

Just wondering,



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