A COLORFUL THANKS and WHEN YOU THINK THEY’RE AWESOME, TELL ‘EM

Anaiya’s class, for their holiday party, did a few things: made a pipe cleaner and beaded snowflake, played Mad Libs with Frosty the Snowman, welcomed a new classmate before he formally joined.

And time permitting, each 1st grader got an envelope, addressed and stamped, with a coloring page of a medical staff member or administrator. Each kid was asked to color it, write some notes on it, and send drop it in their mailbox.

Anaiya did that today with gusto and then some. She even let me color a few parts (the heart, the sleeves, the shoes, one pant leg — after she drew on pockets that were missing because per her absolute insistence, doctors need pockets!)

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The coloring is perfect. Every color for a reason. Then the messages scattered around the paper celebrating their awesomeness.

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And clarity on the envelope. Who it’s from. Who it’s for.

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful that even on such a simple exercise Anaiya leaned in. She wanted to make this beautiful. And when I even told her she could wrap up for the next activity, well, she wouldn’t have it.

“I have to put my name everywhere so they know who is saying thank you. I want them to know I think they’re awesome.”

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That’s it. That’s all. That’s the post.

My daughter. Saying thanks. Spreading love. Signing ‘graphs.(All while educating me on a My Little Pony soundtrack. Rainbow Rocks is a solid soundtrack and Shine Like Rainbows deserves a f*cking Grammy already.)

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