Flower Power

There's no way she could have known, the little artist who drew me this flower, how I was feeling or what this token of affirmation would do for me. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had had a long, emotionally exhausting day, until this hand-made card showed up, a gift from a first-grade girl who had no idea. She slid it under my closed office door after school, while I was at a meeting. When I got back to my office, there it was, on the floor, face up, radiating sunshine and smiling at me. Daring me to open it and read the bucket-filling message that she'd written inside. And. it. made. my. day. instantly  BETTER!

Never underestimate the power of a flower. It replenished my emotional reserve and it made me cry tears of joy and renewal. What made her leave me that pick-me-up, I'm not sure I'll ever know. What I do know is that my day had turned around because of the thoughtfulness of 
one little girl and her willingness to share her gift with me. 
Let's hear it for random acts of kindness and Flower Power.


  1. Good Morning, Barbara:

    Yep, sometimes it's the littlest things...
    A child writes you a note... or gives you a cookie left over from lunch (or worse yet, HALF!) or draws you a picture...

    It certainly seems to make the sun shine a little brighter.
    I love that they "know"!

    Yesterday I was struggling to pull things together in the morning... three different kids asked:
    Did you have your coffee?
    Do you need some coffee?
    Can that man who tutors here bring you coffee?

    It's a variation on caring, I think.
    : )

    I'm glad your artist had just what you needed at exactly the right time...

    Happy day!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. This is so sweet. I'd like to believe God had something to do with that. :)


  3. What a sweet story! I'm with Tammy:) God knows when we need a hug and that comes in many ways:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. How lucky your students are to have you in their lives ... and how lucky you are to have your students in your life. It's a beautiful relationship. I would LOVE to spend some time at your school soaking it all up - I could really use some of that right now ...

    Runde's Room

  5. I had to come find this...after we talked! Makes me smile too!


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