I had kids.
And the idea of "having" to write a thank you note seemed like one more thing to do.
So I stopped. But that didn't mean that I wasn't appreciative of things that were given to me.
As a teacher, I am given a lot of things.
By my students.
All the time.
They know my favorite candy bar is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. There is a story to that. I blame it on my mother.
I get a lot of Reese's.
I have every intention of writing thank you notes for all of those gifts, but it seems to be a chore for me rather than something genuine. So I don't do it. But I still say thank you.
Today though, I am writing thank you notes. Because I need to and want to. I want to thank the students who took the 31 day Slice of Life Challenge with me. They need to know that I appreciate their willingness to write every day. Or almost everyday. At home. On their own. They need to know that I value their writing and that it is important.
Today I am writing thank you notes. Because it feels genuine and right.
And the thought of how they will feel when they receive a card in the mail from "their teacher" makes my heart smile.