Friday, April 1, 2011

it's better to give than to receive...

I don't normally blog from school, because, well...who has time for such?

I do have to share this brief story with you though.

It's the end of a long week. I'm tired and the kids are cranky and extra chatty. When I got to school this morning my first thought was, "OK, let's just get through the day!"

Around 8:30, the reading bell rings and my homeroom students go to a different teacher for reading (obviously meaning that I have a reading class separate from my homeroom class). Anyway, there's a little girl in my reading class who always always does what she's supposed to do in class. She's the kind of student that I would love to have every single year. Besides the fact that she's a good student, she also has one of the kindest hearts of any 8 year old I know. She's super shy so she doesn't say much, but when she does, it's always something nice.

Anyway, she came right up to me when she walked in for reading and she handed me this small, black purse...

When she gave it to me, I quickly realized that she was giving it to me. With a smile on her face, she quietly said "My sister and I wanted to use our allowance money this week to buy this for you. My mom said it was ok." With tears in my eyes, I just hugged her tightly and said "thank you."

Now, this purse probably cost only a couple of dollars, but that's just not the point here. The point is that this sweet, selfless little girl has been taught one very important lesson in life:

It's better to give than to receive.

Thank you, God, for providing us with small reminders of what's really important in life and for allowing the kindness of this special child to remind me to enjoy this beautiful day you've given rather than wish it away.

Bless that child.

8 comments:

Wade's World said...

How sweet! It sounds like she is a delightful little girl!

I hope you use that purse every day for the rest of the year. I can just about guarantee that girl will always remember you using her gift.

Happy Friday!

Lindsey said...

I hope to raise Kate with a soul a loving, tender, and giving as your student!

And, you must be a pretty remarkable teacher to impact student's lives so greatly!

The Segrests said...

stop it. that is too precious!!!!

Heather said...

Precious. Obviously this will be your Monday-friday hi-to purse. Love it.

Heather said...

*go-to

The Andersons said...

Precious. I love our job. :) Also, look at you with your Shelfari shelf like me! You are reading! Look out! ;) Love, love, love!

rosajosa said...

This makes me miss my little classroom at Sudduth and all my sweet little faces that I used to see each day. It makes me happy to know what is going on in room C03.

Tracy~ said...

this brought tears to my eyes... sweet, sweet child!