Hallmark Birthday

This past week there was a hallmark birthday that was celebrated, but few in the world recognized the occasion.  This person at the age of 18 got on a train from one state and rode to another state to attend college that had never been visited.  She didn’t know anybody nor had anywhere to live, but she came to a new world and began learning how to be a teacher.  She was the first to graduate from college in her family and stepped into her new journey of teaching school in a small town of 200 in eastern Colorado.  She had no place to live and took up a room in a small hotel to start this new journey.

She was a very beautiful woman and attracted single men in the town that wanted to date her.  One man took her fancy because he was a good dancer, had a new car and a good job. They got married and off he went to World War II for 4 years.  She left the town to teach out-of-state until her husband came back from the war.  She moved back and she and her husband started a family.

Teaching was her passion and she continued to teach while raising two children.  Her daughter and her son gained much from her desire to infuse knowledge in the lives of people she came in contact with.  Each week she would have new words to expand her families intellect and communication skills.  Daily she was correcting unhealthy speech as she was an English teacher.

One of the schools that she taught at saw her skills of management and asked her to become their superintendent which was temporary that lasted 8 years.  Recently she was given a frontier award in Colorado as the first female superintendent ever in the educational school system.  She touched thousands of lives over the years before she retired and took up writing short stories in magazines, newspapers, and Sunday School weekly children papers.

Her husband of 49 years died in 1990, but she didn’t stop her influence in investing in the lives of people she interacted with.  She held a bible study group in her home for years as 6-8 women would come to her home weekly to study what it means to be a woman of God.


She did have a huge impact in the lives of people she came in contact with, but the person who was influenced the most was – – – Me.  She’s my mom.  No she was never a CEO.  No president. No prominent author.  No inventor.  But she has had the largest impact in my life of any person on this earth.  I am the most blessed person on this earth for having known such a lady.  My mom.  Happy birthday mom.  I adore you and am so proud to be your son.

My journey has been so enriched by knowing and being influenced by my mom.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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1 Response to Hallmark Birthday

  1. Bill says:

    Very nice, Jim.

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