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November 27, 2006, Herald Journal

Is there a star in your eyes?

By JEN BAKKEN

We all have childhood memories that are near and dear to our hearts. Many of these memories involve a special person. It may have been a friend, family member, or teacher. There may be multiple people that you remember fondly. You may not recall exactly what they said or did, but you remember feeling like a star in their eyes.

Every child should have that person in their life. Every child deserves to feel like a star.

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to a woman who made me feel . . . like the brightest, shiniest star in the whole world. As a youngster, I’d often attend church with my grandparents. She had been a friend of my grandmothers, since the age of 11, and attended the same church. This lady always had the sweetest things to say and many hugs to offer.

Over the weekend, I attended a celebration of life ceremony in her honor. Of course, tears were shed and memories were shared by many. While I listened to other people talk about her, I realized that she made everyone feel special. She had a way of talking to a person, looking into their eyes and making them feel like a . . . star. Although I knew I wasn’t the only person who felt adored by her, I couldn’t help but be surprised at the large number of ‘stars’ in her life.

It made me think about how lucky we all were to have her in our lives. Yet, most of all, it made me think about how wonderful she must have felt. Being the beloved person in the life of another not only makes that person feel fabulous, but it must make you feel pretty awesome, too.

It caused me to reflect on my life. Have I put forth the effort, given enough of myself, and helped a child in my life to feel special? There are my own children, nieces, and nephews who know they are cherished by me, but have I stepped outside of my circle? Is there a star in my eyes?

Maybe this week, my Tiny Tales article will cause one person, maybe you, to take that step and find a child who needs to feel treasured. Maybe this week you will ask yourself, is there a star in my eyes?

I’d love to hear your thoughts or stories about the little stars in your life.

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in you life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com or mail them to Tiny Tales, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328, or just stop by our office next to New Attitudes Salon, Hwy 12 East.