Cheryl,On behalf of our family, we want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with our parents' estat.
When one of my sisters suggested we have an estate sale after our mother passed away, I knew immediately whom we should get to do it. Cheryl Cockrell was a colleague of mine for a couple of years at Ovey Comeaux High School. Most teachers I have worked with over my years as a counselor have been fantastic. However, some have "it."
"It" is the ability to inspire, to lead, and to empathize with students and colleagues. In addition, those with "it" have that knack to entertain as well.
So, knowing she had "it" as an educator, I knew Mrs. Cockrell would bring those same qualities to the selling of an estate. Thus, I knew we would be in great hands with this endeavor.
Our parents, in their later years, both encouraged the three of us to take "this or that." When the time came, we all took sentimental things and shared some others with family and our parents' friends. What eventually hit all of us was that almost all of their things had some sentimentality to them. However, since our mother loved to paint, and our father loved to create things for her to paint (frames, ornaments, structures, etc.) our families' homes were already filled with the things dearest to our hearts.
So, here is where a great educator turns another passion into something special for others. That sense of entertainment and empathy combined to make it easier to let go of things important to our parents and thus, to us. In a way only Cheryl could do, she eased our pain, and we trusted her with our parents' treasured possessions. One of her final comments to my sisters and me, after the sale, brought everything into perspective at such a difficult time. She said, "Don't be surprised to see your parents' creations around at Christmastime."
And that would have made Mama and Daddy very happy