A simple notebook can become something special.
Each child has a notebook. In it they write notes to me then leave it on my dresser. I write them back and leave it on their bed or at their place at the table.
Sometimes the notes are asking questions, “May I have a cup of tea with you today during rest time?” or “May we play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey for Nick’s birthday?”
Sometimes they are sweet expressions of gratitude “Thank you so much, Mommy, for telling me to take the time to try to find the beauty in everything, even sweeping the floor.”
Sometimes they are simple and sometimes more complex.
Sometimes I’m reminded that they need to hear what I take for granted. “Thank you for praying for me, mommy. I like to know that someone is praying for me.”
Always they provide me with a glimpse into the heart of my child and give me a special opportunity to share myself with them.
I answer their questions. “I think that Nick would love to play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and I think we still have the poster for it downstairs.”
I give them instruction, “Remember to leave space between your words so it is easier for others to read.”
I gift encouragement, “I can tell you’ve been working hard on your chores.”
It also prompts me to pray specifically for that child as I contemplate what to write and as I’m gifted by these glimpses.
Sometimes I don’t get a notebook back for a while and sometimes a single notebook will go back and forth several times during a day.
I could give you a whole host of advantages; it gives me an excuse to sit down quietly and write a note, it can improve spelling, penmanship and even reading, it motivates reluctant writers to write, it provides a journal of the happenings in a child’s life. But we do it mainly for the simple gifts it gives to both them and me.
Simple notebooks gifting me with precious glimpses of these amazing gifts that I’ve been given.
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