Sophia stopped by school to say hello. It’s always a treat to see children I have taught. I made a fuss, told her how big and grown up and beautiful she was. Making a fuss is my favorite thing to do. The child beams. It’s another chance to say all those things I said years ago. Those words make a big difference. Like ‘The Hundred Little Things’, the words pile up, a quiver of arrows.
I asked Sophia, “What do you remember about the Aqua Room?”
“You”, she replied.
My goodness, I never expected that. Sophia was a book lover. I thought she might talk about chapter reading. Here she is years ago, organizing children in chairs to read books.
But it wasn’t books she remembered. It was her teacher who introduced her to the books. Never estimate the power of your words and actions, especially with children, because they can make all the difference in their world.
“Children make your life important”