Thoughts & Well Wishes

Virginia Euwer Wolff | Jul 22, 2020
Dear Monica,
I'm so glad to see your former student Sara's message from March 11. So lovely when kids remember and honor their deserving teachers with thanks--and this one includes her promise to read the finished book aloud to you. 
These hard times are taxing and daunting and longer than many of us had expected, and I hope your daily life has frequent delights. I still laugh (with relief) when I remember you running toward me at the Toronto Airport (because we had not actually made any plan about where to meet--how could we have been so careless?) and I remember our trip so fondly. Henry V at Stratford, then on to CLNE, and-- Gosh: We had no idea we were living in simpler times. 
I send you wishes for health and some laughter, knowing it's one medicine that helps us all.
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Sara Giovannone | Mar 11, 2020
Hi Ms. Edinger,
It’s me, Sara! I was in your class in 2017, and I am still working on that book, Wolfheart. I miss you so much, and my brother says to get well soon, “...because I want her as my 4th grade teacher!” You were an awe-inspiring teacher, and I am sure that you are as good a writer as ever! By the way, I’ve started a few other books, and I promise that, as soon as O finish one, I will read it to you :)
Keep fighting,
Carol Hampton Rasco, Charlottesville, VA | Mar 10, 2020

Monica, I am thrilled to learn you will be going home soon! I have just spent time in Arkansas on my March visit with my grandsons; the older two are always eager to sit and show me all they are doing in school. I read their latest book reviews and we discussed their current science units a great deal. The 4 year old was excited about Dr. Seuss he had just celebrated at pre-school.  And we were so happy we could play outside! A few photos: Howard the 4 yr old at his first T-ball lesson, Howard I voting me to his new playhouse, and all three boys enjoying the swing set after William the fifth grader got home from Quiz Bowl practice and William the second grader came home from his piano lesson. 

Thinking about you and the big, upcoming move!

Carol Rasco | Feb 22, 2020

Hello, Monica! I am keeping up with you through Caring Bridge and some of our mutual author/illustrator friends.  I of course if still working at RIF would be in New York City periodically and could come to see you in person.  I retired from RIF in the fall of 2016 as I prepared to turn 69; I then spent 2017 having both knees replaced but not at the same time - six months apart.  I already knew a bit about the grueling therapy as I coached my father through that therapy about 20 years earlier; and of course my 45 year old cerebral palsied son has always undergone extensive physical, occupational and speech was an intense period for me but great results. I

n retirement I have been spending time getting back into the groove of cooking which I always loved and going to Arkansas once a month to visit my son AND my three grandsons!  The grandsons are 11, 8 and 4.  It has been great fun to watch and be a part of the older two learning to read which they do very well.  The youngest one seems to be in the same mold and GiGi (that is me) keeps them all well stocked with books!  Having now also helped a couple of longtime friends each through a longterm major crisis, I hope there will be time for me now to be a better correspondent with you! 

I have included a picture of my son, Hamp, who gave permission for me to send it.  He is in the van we use to transport him around Little Rock to participate in activities with family and friends.  He lives in a small group home and works about 3/4 time each day.  I told him about all your therapy and he said what he always tells people in therapy:  Work hard, I know how important it is!  Hamp did not say more than two syllables at a time until he was between 6 and 7 with speech therapy five days a week prior to that magic moment when he cut forth with a lot of speaking!

I think of you often and know you like my son has always done are working very hard in therapy!

Sharon Levin | Feb 11, 2020
Monica, I am so sorry that I have not written before. I just heard what had happened when I saw Roxanne at Midwinter. Please know our family’s thoughts are with you and if you are able to have chocolate, I would love to send you some. 


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Susan and Terry Milligan | Jan 22, 2020
Wishing a happy return to all that you love to do. You did so much for our son Jason supporting his love of reading, feeding him one book after another long ago at the Bede School and then introduced him to Columbia College. You made such a difference in his life and we are forever grateful. We love the photos of you with Lucy. Pure love.
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Heidi Lipton | Jan 15, 2020
Please tell her Teddy Katz and his family are thinking about her. She was his 4th grade teacher many moons ago. Recently I was reading a journal he wrote about her class and he said his favorite thing about the class was the blogs she let them write. Very funny as even in 4th grade, he was showing signs of loving computers. He's now a software engineer at Google. So thanks for an incredible 4th grade and introducing Teddy to the love of self expression, though a computer. We are grateful! Get better soon
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Paula Willey | Jul 27, 2019
Dear Monica, if I could visit, I would sit with you and read Pete the Cat beginning readers to you until you got out of bed just to make me stop! But I can’t, so I’m going to sit at home and read really good picture books and beam their genius at you.
You are so strong. Rest and recuperate and we’ll see each other soon!
much love,
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