Friday, December 23, 2011

Green Balloons

*Eee! I finally got my handmade journal from Juliana, and it's SO cute. I love it!*


It's the simplest gifts that mean the most.

I love the decorations and the spirit of giving that accompanies the holidays, the hot chocolate and peppermint candy canes, the smell of pine... and I love the unique properties of each snowfall. Sure, I hate how cold it is, and I don't want to get up in the morning, but there's something special about this time of year.

The best part is, of course, the presents.

I don't mean getting presents, though. It's giving them that makes it all worth it. People give to their friends, their neighbors, their families... and if their mindset is right, they're doing it without expecting something in return. But I wish that would extend year-round, not just when we're bombarded with "CHRISTMAS SALE" and "50% OFF" signs.

See, the best time to give presents is when they're not expecting one.

I know I told you this, but a few weeks ago I was injured at work. But there's more to the story than just that. Even though the damage wasn't incredibly difficult to bear (and has since scarred over), I cried a lot. I cried because I was angry, and frustrated, and yes, hurt. And I was left alone for some time to get over it before someone insisted that I go to the office and contact WorkCare. After all the paperwork was filed, and I was down to just sniffling, I returned to the classroom to collect my things.

One of the children in my class ran up to me and presented a simple piece of paper, ripped from a notebook. She was worried about me, she said, and she wanted to make me feel better. When I flipped the paper over, I saw 3 green balloons, drawn and colored like something you'd expect from a seven-year-old.

And I started crying all over again.

This time, though, it was because she'd given me exactly what I needed.

You never know when the simplest of gifts will help those around you. Take the time to show how you feel about them, and you'll be surprised at how much they needed you.


Well... I have the next week off of work, so I'll be catching up on everyone's blogs, finally writing all the reviews I need to do, and churning out the next two chapters of my new manuscript. Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you keep that spirit of giving with you all through the year.



  1. Awww, that is SO sweet! Kids know just what to do :)

    Have a great Christmas!

  2. That reminded me of something that happened to me this week. One of the teachers whose class I work with had to go to a meeting during school, so she asked me to sub in her class for an hour and a half. I agreed since her class is usually pretty good. She had mentioned that if one particular kid gave me any trouble, then I could jsut send him out of the classroom. Within twenty minutes, he was out of the classroom.

    Even after he was gone, a handful of the kids weren't being very good either. On in particular kept randomly shouting out and throwing crayons. I kept looking at the clock hoping the teacher would come back soon.

    Anyway, I sent the kids out for recess, and then the teacher came back. When the kids were coming back in, I happened to be in the hall, and the kid that I had sent out handed me a note. In the note, he apologized for being rude and said that next time I taught in their class, he would try to be good.

    Right when you least expect it, and it means so much more.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh my goodness, that is so sweet. Kids are the best :)

    I'm glad you got the journal!!