He started off his career as a high school teacher.
He ended it as a middle school principal.
And nearly everyone who has met him along the way has developed a special place in their heart for him.
This past week, Francis B McGreevy, my father-in-law, officially retired from his long, crazy career in education.
And we (his children and children’s spouses) threw him a retirement party.
Can I just tell you? Nearly everyone who was invited (over 200 people) and THEN some decided this was not a celebration they were willing to miss.
They showed up in droves, and they stayed until the very end.
And I was not a bit surprised.
See, my father-in-law is one of those rare, special people who come along once in a blue moon.
He’s intelligent. He’s trustworthy. He’s kind and he’s fun.
But above all that, and most importantly I believe, he’s compassionate.
The man BELIEVES in people.
He’s the guy who somehow makes you feel important every time you’re with him… even if you’re being a huge pain in the butt or you just simply have a bad attitude.
‘Cause he cares.
And he truly believes there’s something inside of you that makes you special… even if you’re hell bent on keeping that hidden from the world at all costs and are throwing a little fit while doing it.
Francis B is the man who sees you for what you were meant to be, and he treats you the way you were meant to be treated. With patience, respect and love.
No matter what.
I know this.
I’ve seen him at work for over twenty years now, and I tell you the truth, he is one of the greatest men I have ever met.
So no… I’m not surprised people showed up in droves to celebrate how much this man has meant to them over the years.
Just as I wasn’t surprised at the tears that were shed by those who recounted memories of working with Fran along the way, and from those who hate the thought of having to work each day without him.
I wouldn’t want to let him go either.
It’s not every day you meet a man like Francis B McGreevy.
And if you get to hang out with likes of him on a regular basis… well then, count yourself among the truly blessed.
For you have received a special gift, indeed.
And every day, I get to be his daughter-in-law.
Just another reason marrying Thomas was the best move I ever made. 😉
Happy Retirement, Pa.
You’ve moved people. And you move us. And we love you more than you can ever know. Xx
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