On Friday afternoon, moments before dismissal, on the eve of a long weekend, at the end of an unannounced observation, a student asked me if he had earned a "happy note."
I suspect I looked like I didn't understand (because I didn't)! So HE leaned in and offered, "You know, the green polka dot note that makes me and my mom happy!"
I thought about the power of a note all the way home. Taking home that physical piece of paper (with green polka dots) made this student and his mom happy in a way no email could!
Then, yesterday, after days spent beside the sickbed, as I wrestled with my own guilt about undone chores, as I struggled to get ready for the week, on the end of a three day weekend, I got a phone call!
"How are you," the little voice asked.
I suspect I sounded a bit surprised and at first I wondered if it was a wrong number; however, it became clear that the call was intended for me!
We talked about Elephant and Piggie, what we had done on our day off and how we were feeling about life. That little voice certainly cheered me up in the way no email could!
The "central message" I took from these events sandwiching my long weekend is this:
While social media keeps us all connected,
Phone calls, notes and letters have the power to reach out and touch us all.
Small acts of kindness can indeed reap enormous benefit.