Here I was last week thinking I didn’t have a Valentine, only to find out that I had sixteen little Valentines thinking about me. My friend Deb’s 1st and 2nd grade class had made me special notes and gifts on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it never occurred to me to expect something on Valentine’s Day. And not expecting it made it so much more fun.
Isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? I did some rearranging on my fridge and now the handprints of my class are front and center for me to admire every day. The note on the top says: “Let us hold your heart in our hands. This is where your heart needs to be. Our love for you will always be true. You are part of our class family.”
Yeah, it pretty much made me melt, too.
The students have been working on learning how to write poems and, let me tell you, I think they did a phenomenal job. They each made me individual valentines with original poems, and a few even included Riley in the process: “This little puppy is so sweet. His name is Riley and he asks for a treat.” Now that’s dedication to detail!
Another said: “This puppy of mine is great and kind. He gives you kisses, a lot at a time.” Good, right? I’m pretty darn impressed with the little stinkers. I hope they’re having fun doing these projects, because they absolutely mean the world to me. I have been so blessed to have such great friends like Deb who think of things like this to do for me, but to have that extend out to such sweet little kids is above and beyond.
The fact that they threw in some chocolate didn’t hurt, either. :)
This last photo is just so you all don’t think I’m exaggerating when I tell you that Riley tries to get in every photo I take:
This photo can be summed up by the line: “his name is Riley and he asks for a treat.” Yep, they knew what they were talking about in that poem.