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good life with ele allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is loving unconditionally. 

When I was in eighth grade I took a class called Peer Tutor. I didn’t know much about the class other than it was centered around helping students with special needs. I took this class because I had a teacher in my elementary school who really emphasized the importance of including those with differences in our classes.

I learned so much from that first class. I learned patience, acceptance, and perfect love. Those students loved with no condition. They didn’t care what others looked like or how they dressed. They knew exactly what was in your heart and then they loved you more than you deserved.

Every year since I have taken a peer tutor class. I love each and every one of the students I have been blessed to meet. This last year I had an opportunity to work with Kami. Kami is diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, Autism, legally deafblind, and has seizures. Through all of these trials, she is the kindest, sassiest, and most sensitive 22 year old I know. After she graduated last year, I got a call from her sweet mother asking me if I would want to come and interview to become one of Kami’s care workers. I will never be able to express the gratitude I have for that phone call. I have worked with Kami now for a few months and she has taught me more than I would’ve imagined. She’s taught me to see past others’ appearances and mistakes and love them for who they are. Everyone is just trying to make it to the next day and I have learned that I need to love, encourage, and support them in all they do. I’m not perfect and I certainly have a hard time with loving unconditionally, but having these beautiful souls placed so perfectly in my life has certainly made my self-improvement a lot easier.

note from becky

Well… pick me off the floor because now I’m a puddle. Ele is my niece and we’ve always had a very close relationship. I’m pretty sure I’m her favorite aunt. (Am I allowed to say that?)  ; ) Of all the million things I love about this young woman who is nearly graduating from high school and moving on to bigger and brighter things in her life, it is her compassion and love for those with special needs that has always been one of her best attributes. Even a 17 year old should be able to inspire each of us today with this message.


7 Responses

  1. Tammy O. says:

    Ele…..Thank you for sharing!! Your story is very inspirational. You are wise beyond your years.

  2. Dannielle says:

    Beautiful story xo If only more young people were like Ele xo

  3. Wendy says:

    I love you Ele. Thanks for sharing this part of yourself with us. You’re an inspiration. ❤️

  4. Donna M says:

    Such a beautiful story. I too really wish there were more people like Ele and more understanding out there.

  5. Natasha W says:

    Thank you for your story and your message. As a mother of four Autistic children all I ask for in life is that people treat them kindly and accept them for who they are (and if I’m not asking too much to have someone awesome like you in their lives). I wish there were more people like you in this world.

  6. Monica says:

    WOW!!! I am blown away – – and choked up all at once. This is the most inspiring blog post to date – – what a beautiful heart and soul God has blessed you with. You’ve made such a difference in the hearts of those you come in contact with. Most adults have not experienced what you have in your short life.

    God Bless – ALWAYS!

  7. Bronwyn says:

    Such a wonderful story. Our world needs more people like you Elle that can see the beauty of people with every ability and cherish what we can learn from each other.

    And also great timing with International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

    Thank you for sharing.