Day 76: Savoring Appreciation

Photo by  Célina Rohrbach  on  Unsplash

Photo by Célina Rohrbach on Unsplash

  • One plastic baggie of homemade, slightly melted, marshmallows

  • 2 brightly patterned pencils

  • A request as to how my stiff neck was feeling

  • A set of seed pod necklace and earrings

I love Teacher Appreciation Week, which gives students a gentle nudge to tell us they care about us. They find all kinds of magical ways to express their appreciation. In what can, at times, feel like a brutal and thankless profession, these moments of intentional giving and receiving of gratitude feel deeply meaningful. It doesn’t matter to me that they are doing it because someone told them it might be a nice thing to do. It is simply delightful to feel that care reciprocated, even for a moment.

May we all soak in the appreciation, however small or poorly suited to our personal tastes. In this case, it is truly the thought that counts.