I am not the teacher I am now without the unselfish mentoring of Judy Oakley. I am not the parent I am now without the example of Judy Oakley. Most importantly, I am not the person I am now without witnessing the way that Judy Oakley lived her life.
In the past couple of days as I have reflected on the loss of Judy Oakley, I find myself thinking of how she lived her life.
Authentically. Without pretense. In the present. Without reservation.
Judy Oakley understood life’s essential paradoxes and lived them.
And she was ever the teacher. While she may have retired from the WSFCS school system as an English teacher, Judy Oakley never stopped teaching others about how to wear life like a loose cloak while holding loved ones close.
She made you feel like you were the exact person she was coming to see and that your words and thoughts had value. She took any moment that you were sharing with her and framed it lovingly for your memory.
She was one of my favorite people. I am really going to miss her.
She simply was the best of us.
Please keep Coach and Blake in your thoughts.