Have you ever gotten a love gift? It's a gift from the heart. The cost is not important. The size is not important. The coolness is not important. Love gifts come in all sizes, colors, shapes, and categories. The only requirement.....It Must Come From The Heart.
I get several love gifts on a daily basis. By the end of the week, I have a pile of them. These love gifts come from my first grade students. They are sometimes cards, often drawings, and frequently airplanes. (B.B. is really fond of airplanes and trains.) Whenever, he makes an airplane for me, he throws in a demonstration for free. He's always surprised when I say, "But B.B., you forgot to put your name on it. How else will I remember it's from you." He smiles, and quickly writes his name on his love gift. Sometimes he remembers on his own and says, "Oh, by the way, I put my name on it for you." By the end of the month, my counter is running over with love gifts. Why don't I hang them up? you ask. Well, I do. I've run out of both room and wall space. My office cabinets are covered with these love gifts. Yes, I have an office in my classroom. I know, I'm very fortunate in that way. I love, love, love my office. I realize they are a rarity, even in my district. How did I get an office in my classroom? That explanation could be the topic of another slice. Thanks for the idea! Hey, am I talking to myself again? I do that occasionally :)
These love gifts are so important. They are not just pieces of paper. They are tokens of love. I did the same thing when I was a child. I recall picking dandelions for my mom and presenting them with pride like they were exotic flowers. Mom was so nice, accepting them graciously and putting them in water to keep them alive for as long as possible. Those dandelions were love gifts. So, I cherish the love gifts I receive from my students. I know they come from the heart...full of love.
What love gifts have you gotten lately?