Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Perfect Gift
We had two weeks to complete our lists. Then the Wednesday evening came around when they were to bring them to class and turn them in to me. I sorted them out by name, put them in envelopes, licked them shut, and handed them out so each student could take home an envelope filled with handwritten lists of the things that their friends really liked about them. I gave myself an envelope, as well. I asked them not to open them until they got back home. This was private.
Oh, dear, when I read my lists.....I cried......good tears.
The neat part of this story is that this particular class of students had the open reputation through high school of being a closely-bonded class. I don't mean to take credit here, but could this assignment have had something to do with the closeness and respect they had for one another?
In these days when there isn't a whole lot of money to spend on presents, this would be a terrific gift idea that I can honestly say I think anyone.....young or old.....would love to receive. And, the price is right. Who among us doesn't need to be encouraged, feel confident in ourselves, and know that others think we're pretty special.
What started out to be an assignment for the kids, ended up being something of incredible value to me. I had no idea that a few pieces of paper, with 5th grade penmanship and scribbles, could possibly mean so much.
Just between you, me, and the tree........this group of kids were my pets......and they always will be!
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