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A Little Fourth Grade Cheer

After yesterday’s post, I wanted to share something that made me smile today. The same child who wept in my arms brought me a box of Nerds and a toy to keep on my desk. Apparently I’m not the only one who felt we bonded.

Just as sweet, a little girl who would make the perfect character in a children’s book with her freckles and wild spirit, brought me a gigantic husky she found at Goodwill. Our class theme is University of Washington, so she was proud to present our mascot. You can guess where all the kids wanted to sit during silent reading. This noble beast was smushed between three children, countless others disappointed they did not get there first.


So, my camera phone might not do my lovely gifts justice, but hopefully my words did. We all bonded yesterday, and somehow these tokens of love are proof. Our missing student returned this morning and was able to go about his business with quiet support. We are becoming a classroom family, as strange as it is to let new kids into my heart.

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Dear Buddha,


Someone special gave you to me when I made a big life choice.

You sit on my desk and remind me of this choice daily.

Your goofy grin is a bit disarming.

Sometimes, I catch myself rubbing your big belly for good luck.

You carry your wealth from place to place on your back because all you need is with you.

I guess this means that all I need is with me too.

Thanks for the reminder,


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