A young learner stopped me in the hallway just after announcements:
- Child: “Mrs. Van, I have a Christmas Question for you today.”
- Me: “Yes?”
- Child: “Do you have a favorite ornament on your Christmas tree that is dear to you?”
- Me: “Actually, I do, and thanks for asking! What a great question!”
- Child: “Will you write about it so I can read it on the ‘puter bog? 🙂
Here goes little friend: One of my favorite words in the English language is “JOY.” While happiness is grand, it concentrates more on a circumstance of life–we just “happen” to find ourselves happy because of a situation. JOY is a deep, soulful emotion bringing delight and gladness–comfort and JOY to the beholder. There is an ornament I keep close at hand all year (it actually hangs on our tree during the season) with the little word JOY inscribed on the antique snowball. My Granny B. actually wrote the word JOY on the little ornament the day we had this conversation about JOY. As always, this was her special way of sharing a “pearl of wisdom” with me. She was known for doing clever little things like this . . .
As these students were making ornaments today in a workstation during Daily 5 rotations, they were anxious to share the results, which bears this important seasonal question today: Think of an ornament from your past or present that is dear to you; why does it have special meaning? Here’s hoping you share your own special JOY and pearl of wisdom with your little one this year!