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A Manner of Speaking Mar/Apr '98

by Bonnie Neugebauer
March/April 1998
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It was just a Tuesday. Then the postman delivered this letter:

Dear Neugebauers,

Every year I have seen your happy family through the photos that you send since 1980 something. That photo sends a special message to all of us in the child care field - family is important.

I opened Oakland Park Children's Center in 1974 and retired in 1995. Your Exchange magazine kept me sane at a time when I felt quite isolated. Each issue let me know that directors experienced universal issues and, more than that, these problems were discussed and possible solutions were offered.

Through the years I modified the many forms, evaluations, policies, and procedures. Thank you for making my job easier; thank you for increasing my skills; thank you for publishing the most relevant magazine in the field.

May God continue to bless you all.

Dorothy Meserve
Medford, Massachusetts

Suddenly, it wasn't just a Tuesday anymore. Dorothy Meserve had made my day.

Her letter brought to mind a snippet of conversation I overheard in a restaurant. A man telling his dining companions: "I feel wanted. I feel needed. I feel respected." What a lucky guy!

We all need to feel appreciated. We need to know that the work we do makes a ...

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