Dear Little One,
You aren’t easy to teach. You’re headstrong. And opinionated. And passionate. And hilarious. Nobody makes me laugh like you do. I love you for all of those qualities.
Last week, when we were writing for the National Day on Writing, you gave me a peek at your softer side-a side you usually keep safely hidden. We sat in the quiet of the library ruminating on this sentence stem:
I write because…
Other kids wrote about how fun writing is, how great it is to write with friends or how much joy they find in making up stories and writing the pictures.
Little one, your response brought tears to my eyes.
“I write because I like writing love notes to my big brother in the Navy. He is 20 years old and I love him 10,000%!!!”
I hung all the responses in the hallway and when I showed your paper to your mom, she teared up and rested her head on my shoulder for a brief moment.
What I want to say to you, Little One, is that I love to teach writing because it births moments like that where love is spelled out so clearly in blocky first grade handwriting. The other thing I want to say to you is that I hope you continue to be brave enough to give voice to that softer side of yourself, to let that meek voice speak as clearly as your voice that keeps me in stitches with laughter. That still, small voice is just as important.
Loving you 10,000%,