Two weeks after I was released as bishop, the Primary president asked if I would visit the children for a few minutes in combined exercises. There they presented me with this beautiful pillow, which goes well with my quilt. The front was embroidered with the words from the first verse of “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” a favorite of mine. Of course I love it.
The children also gave me a collection of darling thank you notes. I would like to share a few excerpts from those notes with you. I think you will get a kick out of them. I tried to preserve the spelling and the capitalization so you could get a feel for them.
“Thank you, Bishop Fitzgerald. You’ve done everything you could possibly think of:)! You are amazing, kind, fun, funny, and awesome! I will miss you being our bishop so much!!!”
“Thank you Bishop! Dear Bishop Fitzgerald, Thank you for everything! Thank you for being my bishop! Thank you!”
“Thank you. Bishop Fitzgerald, thank you for serving our church and thank you for coming to my bathtisum. I am sad you are not going to be are bishop any more, but I am wondering how old you are?”
“Bishop Fitzgerald, Thank you for being a great bishop and a great friend. Thank you for all that you have done for the 12 Ward.”
“Thank you for being an awesome Bishop. I am sad that you won’t be are Bishop anymore. I am very thankful for all that you have done for me and my family. Thank you.”
“Ninja I love you.”
“Brave Integrity Super Happy On top Pleasant. Bishop, You RULE! I hope that you enjoyed being the Bishop. Thank you for everything you do for us. We all love you. ♥ u!
“Thank you for being our bishop. I am so grateful for all the service you have done. You are the best bishop anyone could ever have. You rock!”
“Bishop Fitzgerald Thank You. Thank you! for everything. God is are sunshine.”
“Thank you. You are the best bishop anyone can have. I am so sad that you wont be our bishop any more. I wish you could stay and still be our bishop. Please stay. I hope our new bishop is just like you.”
“dear bishop, Thank you for your wounderfule servise. Thank you for the great talks, thank you for the great songs. Thank you for being our bishop. Thank you for cleaning our church.”
“I ♥ u.”
“Thank you. Grampo, you era the best. Thank you for serving the USA!”
“Thannkk yyouu! I am so sad that I am repeting letters. You rock! You are sooooo helpful to this ward. You Are Kool! I can’t even spell Kool because you are soo Kool. Thanks for being you! You are generally a nice person. Keep it up!! Happy B-day. I hope you have a great birthday. With lots of love.”
Dear Bishop Fitzgerald, Thank you for all that you have done for us. I love you as a bishop and don’t want you to go! ♥”
“Dear Bishop fitzgerald, I would like to thank you for cleaning the chrch, it looks reley nice. Thank you.”
“Happi thank you”
These notes put a big smile on my face and helped make my transition back to “civilian life” much easier.
When you know you are truly appreciated, what else do you really need? Not much!