I’m kidding. Of course your thoughtful gift is enough.
Really though, when I’m thinking about it as we rush off in our usual last minute style to grab something for Olivia’s teachers today, it doesn’t feel like a bottle of wine and a gift card is enough.
This is the person that taught my high energy kid to ‘smell the flowers’. The person that introduced ‘happy hands’ instead of climbing the freaking walls when they were excited. This was the person who taught this little person to use lowercase letters despite the fact that she has refused to write her name the two years prior to school in anything else but uppercase letters, the big O L I V I A staring me back at the chalkboard. This is the person that spends three hours a day with twenty + kids that are just as hard to wrangle as mine and doesn’t go home and have a wine-afternoon with her best friend the day she gets home from volunteering just once in the classroom, because that sh*t is exhausting. This is the person that lead the kids in a calm down exercise leaving me in awe that she was able to get all of the kids to be zen at the same time. This is the person that helped to teach Olivia letter sounds, never loses patience and put that foundation there so that she could read those first words last month, unassisted, sounding them out syllable by syllable, and like that she’s reading. This is the person who kept a straight face and hung the ‘beautiful work of art’ on the wall when my kid made a picture of two dinosaurs doing it dinosaur-style, while I snickered my way through Kindergarten Celebration of learning and had to keep it out of my line of sight so I didn’t giggle.
What do you give this person who you are so thankful for – they’ve accomplished everything you’ve tried to teach at-home, during your Tiger-Mom phase, in months that flew by.
When you look at it that way – a bottle of wine or a gift card doesn’t seem enough, right?