My mom, Myrna Loy Dobbins, lived out evolve’s “love in action” mission as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher for more than 30 years, touching the lives of countless students with her kindness and unbridled commitment to education. She greeted each new school year with excitement, always striving to be better, to give more of herself to her kids, to find something that would spark a love of learning in them.
Of course, while she was committed to the children in her classroom, she matched that tenfold with her love for my brother and me, and later in life her grandson Troy. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for us.
She not only made hot breakfasts for us each morning, on particularly cold days she would heat her robe in the oven alongside the biscuits so that I could be wrapped in its warmth when I awoke. That’s love.
She and I spent countless languid summer days drifting in the backyard pool of our Texas home, dreaming of distant lands and a future where anything was possible. There were no limits.
And as I grew into a teenager and semi-adult, she’d remind me each time I went out at night to “remember who I am.” I’m sure I rolled my eyes then, but the reminder stays with me today.
Mom was named after the movie star Myrna Loy, who rose to fame in the 1930s and 1940s. While my mom’s life wan’t as glamorous as her namesake, the two Myrnas shared an inner light that made this world a better place, that made those around them feel loved and safe.
Mom would have loved the top we named after her. It’s soft and classic, understated but beautiful… a lot like Myrna herself.
She’d be especially thrilled to know that the top includes a giveback to the Henna School in South Africa. She fell in love with Africa during one of her last big international trips, and one of my favorite memories of that trip was Mom chatting with a group of young children in one the country’s poorest areas. She lit up in that moment, just as she had for 30 years standing in front of classroom of five and six year olds.
Mom passed away in 2014, but her legacy lives on through me, our family, all the children she taught and now this top from evolve. I know she’s smiling down on us.
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