On Friday one of my sweet students brought me this...
That's right. To the average eye this would be a misshapen, random knit "square." But from this student, it was her first attempt at knitting, a gift she thought I would LOVE and specifically designed in a color chosen for me as a coaster for the water I am often drinking at school.
The temptation when we get these gifts in our crazy day is to say something like, "Oh that's nice" and go about doing the 500 other things that need to be accomplished right that moment. But by slowing down and reacting with affection for the gift, we are honoring the gifts they bring. And the people they are. And the relationships we got into teaching to create.
Just some food for thought... I know I need to remind myself of these truths often!