We know to give thanks. We know to express gratitude. We know what it is to feel favored, blessed, fortunate. We know all of that, but that doesn’t always mean we think to thank the many who help in life. I think, ordinarily, that we wait to make some grand gesture when something simple, something small, would do. So do something little, say something simple this holiday. Thank a student for something routine, thank a player for something common and often lost to expectation. Thank a parent, a coworker, a perfect stranger. Make a point to make someone feel the thanks you know you feel.
Today, right now, in our classroom, the students of my first period are signing a large thank you card for Steve… the custodian who cleans our classroom each night. No student has met Steve and they likely never think of the fact that someone, some Steve, each night, comes along and cleans our classroom the best he can. Steve deserves thanks. This is nothing heroic- it’s a large sheet of paper that will be signed by the 140 some students that pass through the classroom each day. I feel, though, that it’s important for them to know and remember that Steve, and all the other ‘Steve’s’ in the world, help in invisible ways. When they feel that, when they are reminded of it, they care more, act more, and see the world a little differently if only for a few moments.
So thanks. Thanks to those who read these posts so often. Thanks to those who comment. Thanks to those who share their ideas and help us all get a little better. Thanks. Truly, thanks.