(Image to the left is a holiday project made at school by my Son2, circa 1st grade.)
I was all prepared to blog about irresistible holiday treats, but after the images and stories we’ve seen and read this past weekend, I thought we could beam a little light into the world by sharing about the special children and teachers that have touched our lives.
For myself, I’d like to send out some virtual hugs to my sons and nieces and nephews. But beyond them, loving gentle squeezes to new babies that joined the Ridgway circle in the past few months, four-month-old Savannah and three-month old Cruz. Oh, babies! Their warm solid weight and sweet-smelling skin always lift my heart.
Another hug for Cruz’s big sister Isla, who made me laugh until I cried on Thanksgiving weekend. She was sitting beside my Son1 at a crowded table and when he helpfully attempted to pluck some lint off the back of her shirt she turned, gave him a withering look and told him in the diva tones only a two-and-a-half-year-old can pull off: “Do not mess with my hair!” We all told Son1 that was an important lesson he could take through life…don’t mess with a girl’s ‘do!
As for teachers, I thank my neighbor Carole who will be in her kindergarten class this morning, likely with her retired husband in tow to help out. Then there’s my own dh, Surfer Guy, who rides his bike to school every day in order to teach advanced Calculus to high school students. My sister-in-law loves the fourth graders she teaches. My oldest niece is in her first year of teaching high school history and thriving on the challenge. Kudos to all of them!
I wouldn’t be the same without the teachers who impacted my life. Thank you, Mrs. Robertson, who headed my class in second grade. She held handwriting contests every week and she inspired me to write with perfection! Gratitude also goes out to high school English teachers Miss O’Hagan and Mrs. Shore. They made talking books so much fun. And finally, the best teacher I ever had was Mr. O.C. Guinn. He taught me English my freshman year in high school and was also the journalism advisor. He told me I was going to be a writer. Thank you so much, Mr. Guinn.
Please share about the standout kids and teachers you know! We’ll all send them some love today.