*DEPARTING SPEECH, JEAN BEHNKE
For those of you that could not attend yesterday’s event, Jean’s departing speech is below.
There are certain moments in one’s life that are so sweet, so startling, or so poignant that they become “multi-sensory still frames” in one’s mind. Stills for me include the look on Jim’s face as I walked down the aisle, the heat of our babies and the softness of their skin as they were laid on my chest just after their births, watching our oldest daughter wobble, tip, and right herself on her first bike ride, first steps, first words, dance recitals, school plays, and graduations. I remember the tears (theirs and mine) on the first days of school, moments of elation and fear, taking deep breaths as our children learned to read, and handmade Halloween costumes that melted in the rain.