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An aura of fulfillment

Working in a foreign country seemed to have enhanced my daughter's personality further. She now commands  an authoritative yet  pleasing stance of a mentor. Is it that or age?  :-) Being a Pre-school teacher is never easy, even if  in her case,  is a life long advocacy. It's been a dream to help and guide children to reach their potential as human beings. Her maturity, I suppose stems from having special children under her wings. But, things turned out okey if not much better. Late last year  she was able to change school. It is now work and relaxation compared to what she had prior, which was all work. Hah! 

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