Thursday, October 2, 2008
Today at school, I was given a lovely surprise from the children who had Library class today. It came at the end of the day and was a paper bucket filled with kind thoughts. They are reading Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?, which is a Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, written by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing. It's based on Merrill Lundgren's thirty years of teaching. He has traveled the world teaching the importance of using words to lift people up and how detrimental words can be when used improperly and set out to write a book helping young children understand the importance of words. The story is simple, yet profound and the images truly capture the heart of the story: every human being has a bucket that gets filled or depleted based on what others say. It's up to us to choose how to treat people. It's an excellent little read, and after our students read this book, they worked on a project. Imagine my complete surprise to pull out their little slips of paper, written in their own hand. Here are a few of them: "Thanks for helping me." "I like you curly hair! and your self-estem!!" "Your nice." "Hi!" "You make me giggle." "You are very nice." "I love your hair." "You are funny." "I like your sence of hummer." There are a lot of reasons why I work where I do. I love the children, from kindergarten through high school, I love the people I work with. But most of all, I feel appreciated for what I do. It's a family. It is home. And besides, I have an excellent sence of hummer. Until tomorrow, my friends . . .