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June 15, 2013

Looking Back: It's always important to express your graditude

There has been so many times in life that someone, somewhere, has done a kindness for another. Again, I can look back and be reminded that I, too, have been remiss at times with a thank you to express my gratitude for that kindness.

Early in my life, my mother encouraged us children to reciprocate with a letter of thanks for a gift that was given to us individually. I can clearly remember this as a hardship: What can I say? How can I express myself? What paper or stationery should I use ... and on and on ...

Now, today, I can truthfully say how much I appreciate that training of long ago. True, there were times ... too busy times ... that I missed the opportunity to make that special person assured of my thankfulness.

All this brought me to the possibility of directing my students to expressing their gratitude — not only for a specific occasion, but at any time, anytime that would enhance a friendship and ongoing thoughtfulness throughout the years to come.

It usually was holidays and celebrations that always seemed to be zeroed into like a “crutch” or the substitute for a child to individually create for themselves, their own inner self of feelings and how to express them. That’s part of growing. My idea was a hand-crafted note card that could be made anytime, easily, and would become a keepsake from that child’s youthful love.

The class was Elementary Art and the grade level was K through 6. We talked about the project of making a “thank you” or a “thinking of you” card that would be used throughout the year. Various designs and colors were highlighted with the main stimulus on creating an original stencil for a repeat overall design on the card front. They folded, created and then thought what could be said inside. 

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