Valentine’s Day 1979-
Do you remember how exciting Valentine’s Day is to a second grader?
I remember the excitement of choosing which Valentine to give each of my classmates.
And I also remember the joy of reading mine.
We decorated bags and boxes in the days ahead and had playground conversations about what you were sending or receiving.
But in 1979, my parents divorced. I was already on my 3rd school that year by Valentine’s Day.
And we had moved in the days before.
There was no email update about the new kid.
No text message.
I simply was not on the class list at my new school.
I remember the party beginning and there I sat at my desk.
I also remember some type of excited conversation behind me.
To this day, it makes me teary-eyed.
I turned to see my teacher from my previous school.
It makes me sad that I can’t even remember her name.
But she tracked me down at my new school and there she stood excited that she made it in time to my party.
She brought me my valentine bag from her class.
There was no Facebook post.
There was no pat on the back.
But I remember it 40 years later.
True kindness is so much more important.
Today I hope you celebrate that.
And a kind teacher.
There are so many things they are expected to do, but the going above and beyond with a simple kindness can heal a broken heart in a child.
And an old woman.