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"Jennifer, your confidence shows in all you do”


"Jennifer, your confidence shows in all you do”
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To many viewing the pic below, they will see a cracked and broken candle holder with my name on it and words that can barely be seen. I love candles. My Dad always had ways of making us (his girls—Mom included) feel loved and special…. this was just another one of those sentiments. To me, this picture represents one of the last gifts my Dad gave me before he passed. In addition, it carries an interesting story.
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Months after his passing, we moved into a development that unbeknownst to us would need mandatory fire sprinkler repair work. The association required all residents to be uprooted and placed in a temporary apartment for 6 weeks. Before we moved out, we were asked to put away all personal items and cover everything else with sheets or the equivalent to prevent dust and debris from getting on furniture, etc.
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6 weeks passed, and we move back into our place. I will admit I do have a slight case of OCD and right away noticed my candle holder was MIA. I looked, looked, and looked and couldn’t find it anywhere. I called up the association to explain that my candle holder was MIA and how it was one of the last things my deceased Father gave to me, etc. The lady I spoke to probably thought I was insane, but I insisted that she ask every single worker that was in my house if they had seen it. She did and one of the workers admitted to dropping the candle holder and throwing it away. I insisted that the worker go find where he threw it out and get me the pieces. He did, and I glued them back together.
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Take aways: 
-Be your own advocate 
-Don’t be so quick to take “no” as a final answer
-Things get shattered all the time but there are options to “fix” it
-Life happens to everyone

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