My kindergartner came home from school one day and announced that his teacher said she didn’t want a gift for Christmas. I told him I had already bought her a gift card to a restaurant, but he protested with wide six-year old eyes, telling me insistently that she said she only wants “peace and love” for Christmas. He and I mulled over the choices: we could just give her a Christmas card, give her the gift card anyway, or figure out something else to give her. As we watched the “Grinch” on tv, we talked about how the Grinch’s heart was so small and it grew big when he felt the spirit of Christmas.
He smiled at me and said, “Mom, my heart’s too big to be grumpy!”
I knew I had to find the right gift for his teacher so he too could feel the joy of giving at Christmas to a teacher he truly loves. I searched online and hoped to find something. I went about my evening with this still on my mind. I saw an email come in from an organization that feeds starving children and I perused the choices of donation. One provided meals to a family in a village in Guatemala in lieu of an actual gift. The title of the little card you could print to give away said “The Strength of a Mother’s Love” and I just knew we had found the perfect gift for his school mom.
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