I was blown away by the gifts I got from work this Christmas. As a teacher who has worked with students who eat free and reduced lunch, I have been accustomed to not getting much. And as someone who doesn’t go crazy for the holiday myself, I’ve figured it’s just as well. As I’ve mentioned before, I hate getting things I can’t use, to the point that I’d rather get nothing at all.
But this past Christmas was amazing. The school where I work gave me gift cards, cash, and checks, besides lots of yummy Christmas chocolates and other goodies. And practical stuff, too! Gas gift cards, gift cards for on-line shopping, and gift cards for all-purpose stores. And the generosity was amazing! I couldn’t believe it — I’m only the specials Spanish teacher!
But my absolute favorite gifts so far this school year are the two in the picture above. The simple ornament makes my heart sing. (I’m pretty sure my tutee’s parents are the ones who picked it out for me, but it still makes me feel awesome!) And I just got the homemade poinsetta-looking flower from some of the girls in my sister’s class where I do writing worskhop twice a week. They are a reminder that even the simplest things can be worth a million bucks to a person.
So, as I sit reflecting, I wonder: how can I make someone else feel like a million bucks today?