Our astronaut / veteran / Navy Captain / pen-pal has been ill and hospitalized. I had to tell the children. Life can throw you a bunch of curves, and learning how handle adversity is a life lesson. That’s why I had to tell the children.
Immediately the children wanted to send him a card. They were worried about him. They didn’t want him to miss Christmas. So we made him a big card. Well, the children made it. Actually they planned and designed the whole thing.
They told me the words to write on the cover. Then, instead of drawing pictures on the card, children made individual pictures, cut them out, and glued them to the card.
If you look carefully, there are moons and stars, a Christmas tree, and even outer space. They know Jon well.
The best part was including photos of the children being astronauts in our home made spacecraft. Of course they’re on their backs with a control panel and a phone to call Houston.
Landon wanted to draw a complete Christmas picture to cheer him up.
Christmas means giving, and making this card was a highlight of the week. I won’t tell the parents that this meant as much if not more to them than the holiday gifts they made.
Act of giving something to others is an art of flowering your heart.