The Challenge: Do something to make the day of a child.
One of the greatest gifts I’ve received as a teacher has been the relationships I’ve maintained with some of my former students. I know it makes my day when I get a letter or email from one of my students, telling me what’s new and telling me about how big they are now. So, today I decided to send some messages to a few of them. When I was little I had a penpal and the days I would receive a letter would truly make my day. So, it felt really good to send my messages today. I even sent some pictures along.
If it were a summer day, I’d try and track down a neighborhood lemonade stand and leave a really big tip. As far as I know, Kim & Jason are the only ones I can think of that would set up shop in the middle of winter in Wisconsin. My thoughts drifted across continents, to a boy named Hailemariam who lives in Ethiopia. Kim and I have been sponsoring “Hal” for about 10 years now through Compassion International. Through letters and pictures, we’ve seen him sprout like a weed and become more and more successful in school. My favorite parts of our correspondence have been the little drawings that he’d include with his letters. It has been neat to track his progress through his sketches. At the end of his letters, he always asks for more pictures of us.
We have sent him a lot of snapshots over the years, but I’ve never done a custom drawing just for him. Today I whipped out the colored pencils and drew Kim, Jason, and Hal sitting together on a Brontosaurus. I’ll add it to our next letter to him. I can’t be certain that it’ll make his day, but at least it’ll let him know that there’s somebody an ocean away thinking of him.
So, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek