Wisdom From the Littles

The elementary school at which I teach is blessed to house a preschool class which serves as a jump-start for littles who could benefit from an extra year of schooling.   The teacher who teaches this class was teaching when I taught in the 1990s, and she continues to teach this precious crew to this day.  Some people are literally the best at what they do, and I’m convinced, Cindy is the best at what she does in her preschool room.  She is kind, firm, and patient.  She laughs, loves, and is patient.  She is wise, experienced, and patient.  

I love her hallway bulletin boards.  From the pumpkins to the turkeys to the Christmas trees, her students’ art work is precious.  From the snowflakes to the hearts to the rainbows, her students’ art work brightens the hallway and my day.

Last November, this preschool teacher posted a sign on her classroom door.  Obviously, her little crew had participated in a brainstorming session listing items for which they were thankful.  It touched my soul, so I took a picture.  I bet I’ve looked at that picture list at least 13 or 14 times this past year, and Dear Reader, I thought you, too, might appreciate its message.  It reads as follows:

We Are Thankful For:

  • Blood and bones
  • Lollipops
  • Turkeys
  • Markers
  • Green beans
  • Eyes
  • T-Rex
  • Velociraptors
  • Mommies and daddies
  • Cheese
  • Mac and cheese
  • Teeth
  • Grandmas and grandpas
  • Families
  • Babysitters
  • Toys
  • Nail polish
  • Trees
  • Light bulbs
  • Apples
  • Jesus

They are truly children, so innocent, and special.  And while they are little, I think they are wiser than many of us who are supposedly “grown-up.”

I don’t hear much thankfulness coming from the mouths of adults these days; however, the littles seem to have been able to wrap up thankfulness in the most joyful way possible.  They realize that working bodies are a blessing, not to mention dinosaurs.  They realize people are incredibly important, but the excitement of nail polish is never to be underestimated.  And last but not least, they are thankful for Jesus. They are thankful for mac and cheese and Jesus. 

Yep, the littles absolutely nailed it!

Until the next Wednesday, the Lord allows.