When John introduced himself, he would say my friends call me John B.
The B. meant you were his friend.
We used the B. in several ways. It started with note cards.
I found 30+ business cards in John’s workshop over 2 years ago.
I mailed them out to people who were kind as a thank you. Needless to say, they were appreciated.
When I went to have some reprinted, I met David at the counter.
“Did you know him?”
I was nervous when I told him that I did know John.
I told him I was trying to help people and he said so was his sister Katie Beaugez. He asked if he could give her my number.
I am so thankful.
She has been a precious gift.
Katie B. (that is how she is stored in my phone) was a student at the University of Montevallo.
She also happened to be the grant coordinator for Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition.
She was the first to say forgive yourself.
We met to brainstorm on several occasions about what we could do to promote suicide prevention in Alabama.
She encouraged me to take the at-home study course for QPR training.
She coached me through the presentation. She said people will forget a slideshow, but they will remember a story.
I have now spoken in over 10 cities in Alabama.
Every time I put a card in a new hand, you feel that John’s story is helping others.
People thank me.
I think you should thank Katie. Or maybe I should say Katie B.
She is now a counselor. And I know she is going to be a great one. I consider myself her first client.
And when she asked if I thought it was okay if she used the bee on her business card, I was thrilled.
Looking at it this morning, I am a little emotional. It is one more symbol of the ripple effect. One more beautiful sign that we are all in this together.
John’s story is told when I introduce myself thanks to Katie B.
My name is Cheryl Dodson and let me tell you why I am here today…
That is the beauty and the bee,
Love and big hugs,