Thursday, July 06, 2006

Prayers Urgently Needed...

...for Patrick Caurant and his family. Mr. Caurant has been the science and math teacher for DS#2 and DD#2 through Middle School and their 7th Grade homeroom teacher. He was seriously injured in a bicycling accident over the weekend. He is currently in a coma and the extent of his brain injuries won't be known until the swelling goes down. (And, yes, he was wearing a helmet. He never rode without one.)

When I first met him, I knew there was something different about him. He overcame his learning disabilities to graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in geology. He holds his students to high standards, but also is willing to help them become all they can be. Needless to say, DD#2 drove him nuts last year, in part because he didn't know how to help her realize her potential. (DD#2 should be an "A" student, but has a knack of sabotaging herself. She drives all adults nuts--but Mr. Caurant was young enough to take her behavior personally.) He could have made more money teaching in a public school, but chose to teach in a Catholic school because of its faith-based environment.

What Mr. C has going for him, besides the prayers of the parish, is that he's young (28) and he's physically fit.

I'd love to have a miracle here, but "Thy Will be done."