Opportunities and Blessings

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(Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016)

Mary didn’t know it starting out, but the next few years would be filled with opportunities and blessings she believed came from trusting god fully in everything.

Alongside caring for Paul, she had the task of nurturing Sissy with her heart condition.  Since Sis would be five-years-old in December, Mary wondered if they would take her in kindergarten in the fall.  She knew the heart murmur, along with the need for restricted activities, could present a roadblock.  She called the city school office for help.

“We have a school over in Avondale that has handicapped children,” the clerk told her.  “I’m talking about Condon School–perhaps you’ve heard of it?”

“Condon School….”  Mary turned the name over in her mind.  “No, tell me about it.”

“It was built nearly twenty years ago to educate children with handicaps.  I think they’ve had some kids with heart issues before…

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