There are no coincidences.
Today, while in Washington D.C. for EdCamp USA I made it just in time to take a look at Shakespeare's First Folio at the Folger Library. A mother and daughter visiting from Alberta, Canada were not as fortunate. As they sat down on the bench beside me the mother, Donna, remarked about the book purse that I had made. When I opened it up to show her how I made it, her daughter noticed my ducks, Laryssa's ducks that travel with me. Sometimes I explain them to people, and sometimes I don't.
There was a reason that I walked the long way to the Folger Library from my hotel today in this heat. There is a reason that Donna (a public librarian) and her daughter, Kate, did too. Kate noticed my ducks, because she has travel companions also.
Laryssa's spirit said hello to me today. There are no coincidences. Libraries bring us together.
Many years ago I tried to apply for a posthumous high school diploma for Laryssa, but there is no such thing as a posthumous or honorary high school diploma in New York State. Some states have them, and others do not. The irony is that Billy Joel received an honorary diploma from the same high school that Laryssa would have graduated from, Hicksville High School.
In 2008, the Board of Regents presented my family with a resolution in memory of Laryssa, commemorating her life and achievements. Please continue to post your duck pictures in memory of Laryssa and to bring awareness to this diploma policy in New York State.
Would you like a duck of your own?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you one.
Post your own duck pictures in our Facebook group:
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian