Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Thankful

We’ve never been the kind of family that’s gone around the table telling each other what we’re thankful for, though I always wished we could have been. However, I think it was assumed why we were thankful for the things we were thankful for… though those things were unspoken on Thanksgiving.

mini-envelopes with notes inside for my students

mini-envelopes with notes inside for my students

However, as I’ve grown older, and more sentimental, I’ve decided that I want to make sure those around me, specifically my students, know that I’m thankful to have them in my life. Therefore, I spent time hand-making card inserts and small envelopes, with a fall theme, for each of my students. Then, on my flight to San Antonio, I composed a note to each of my students telling them that I was thankful to have them in my class (and a specific reason why I am thankful they’re my student). I sealed each one with an envelope seal and wrote their name on the front. When I was finished, my hand hurt, but I felt pleased with what I did.

I haven’t given the cards to my students yet. I’m not sure how they’ll react. After all, I never had a teacher tell me they were thankful to have me on their class on Thanksgiving. However, I think our society has come to equate Thanksgiving with food and door-buster sales, which is why I wanted to take some time to show my students what I think Thanksgiving is all about… being thankful for those around you.