Today I celebrate a year of trying my best and knowing today I made a difference for one. W walked into my classroom with his huge charming grin and held a little mesh bag for me with a handwritten note. I could tell he was eager for me to open it. I opened it, found a bracelet, and slowly burst into tears. See that careful word choice because I was really trying to not instantaneously burst into tears. He held up his wrist and said, "I got one too" with that huge charming grin. As I hugged him, I asked if he knew I would cry and he replied with a yea.
This became our word this year; a little guidance, a little patience with uncertainty, a little encouragement when redirected, a little increase in stamina, a willingness to try again, a willingness to slow down, believing in himself, and less tears.
Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find celebrations in daily lives. If you need to read more positive things stop by this weeks linkup.