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.