In difficult times, like now,
the little things we do for others
become most important.
They’re really the big things.
Yet, it has always been this way.
Perhaps we never had the time to truly appreciate
those little moments.
Now we do.
We have all the time in the world.
Writing a letter is a long lost art.
Emails and messaging have replaced letter writing.
Now you have the time.
Who would be over the moon getting a letter?
More people than you can ever imagine.
Write that letter.
Make a difference.
“It is better to give than to receive.“
We all know that…but not really.
Here’s a case in point:
Everyday I am online, reading aloud, singing,
and making YouTube videos for children.
A family sent me a photo of their children
watching me sing a song,
and their children singing along.
This meant the world to me.
They had no idea.
The ‘world’ has seen this marvelous photo.
No words needed.
The giver now knows.
Sometimes a giver has a special message:
So, to all of us who might feel trapped
and ready to get back to a fast paced life,
we have been given the gift of time.
Time to be a giver.
Time to make a difference.
The little things we do are really the big things.
This is just so lovely!
Thank you, Ritu! 😊
Oh my, that is just so gorgeous!
Thank you, Norah!
My class and I are writing each other letters, and I treasure them
These things are even more precious now, aren’t they?
Thank you, Beth. 🙂
On the face of a child you can see the truth!
That is just so precious. I love all the little things. Today I heard a young man win a considerable amount of money on the radio. He was so happy, I cheered and cried for joy. What a difference this will make for him and his girlfriend who are planning to get married. Plus they are both health care workers! You would have thought I won the money. But a message of love like this little fellow sent you is just as precious!! (A lot of crying here today!)
I know just what you mean! Wonderful story, Darlene. The little things are truly big. 😍
I am so pleased that you can still make such a lovely difference in these children’s lives, Jennie.
Thank you, Robbie. And, they also make a difference in my life.
love the video at the end. I remember a few years ago I decided to start writing letters, beginning with people who made a difference in my life. A few days after sending the letters, I got phone calls from a couple of people asking if everything was ok… 🙂
Good for you, Jim! 🙂
Lol, I am not wondering about. Last week i tried to explain a younger one what a fax device is, and how one can use this. Barely a day later, I had to explain to him how to write a formally correct business letter. I am not surprised, but on the other hand, despite intensive online use, almost none of the young people knows how to use the Internet in any meaningful way besides the social networks. That is a little sad. Michael
Got tingles reading this…and a much needed nudge to ‘carry-on’.
And a gentle nudge to follow through: Especially with the cards I’ve set aside with intent to fill them and snail mail them to specific persons.
That’s wonderful, Laura! 😍
You must have been overwhelmed to get that video, Jennie. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
I was, Pete. Very much so! Best to you.
Those things mean such a lot.
That was sweet of them to send it to you.
Made my day/week/month. 🙂
I’m sure it did.
Very sweet, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, John. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I just love the straightforward love coming from that little boy. What a treasure to share with us.
You said everything I was thinking and feeling!
Oh my gosh, this is heartwarming! 🥰
Thank you, Deborah!
Jennie, this is just wonderful!!!
I’m so glad you liked it. Those little things are enormous.
Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
Please read this important and wonderful post from that excellent teacher, Jennie!
Thank you, Charles!
I enjoyed this post immensely! The highlight was the little boy sweetly serenading his teachers–and then bolting!!
And that’s how it is with young children, heartfelt and then off to an adventure. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Liz!
Thank you for the very good advice and idea, Jennie! These photos are great and showing how wonderful your work is. You are bringing fun into every room of your students parents, and teaching them too. 😉 This is applied knowledge. Best wishes, and have a beautiful weekend. Michael
Thank you, Michael! 🙂
Hello Jennie! Nice meeting you live! :-)) Thank you too. A wonderful read again, and as i wrote, once can see teaching is possible under different circumstances too. The only one need is motivated and experienced teachers like you.
If teachers feel joy and can connect to children, the children will also feel joy and will be eager to learn. Thank you, Michael! ☺️
Thats so true, Jennie! Its the solution! Thank you too, and have a beautiful weekend. Michael
You too, Michael! 🙂
Thank you Jennie! 🙂
Delightful! I have long been a fan of the hand-written thank you card. Such a different experience from a thank you via email. And that singing video of thanks is gently astounding… Thank you for sharing your wisdom and habits and epiphanies and best practices with all of us!
Thank you, Will. You have a wonderful way with words. Yes, a handwritten note Is a powerhouse. I’m so glad you enjoyed the singing video. It made my day, much like your comments did.
Thank you, Bette! ❤️
And this is why teachers do what they do.❤ That video is a keeper.
I think we’ve talked about this before, Jennie, but one of the things I always try to save are the letters from our students. What great memories!
Yes, yes, and yes! It is definitely why we do what we do. I have them all, stored somewhere. They’re better than a treasure chest of gold. I know you dearly treasure your letters, too.
There’s something special about sending and receiving letters.
Yes, there is!
Omg, just too precious that little one – who said he loves Jennie twice! ❤
I know, twice! ❤️
I hope we hang onto what we have learned during this time, Jennie. Bless your heart.
I hope so too, Cheryl. Thank you!