As all my Facebook friends know, yesterday was my birthday. It’s been a tough year for everyone and I think parents especially feel the pressure of all that is going on in the world right now. Needless to say, I was stunned and humbled to receive this gift handmade with care by my 10-year-old daughter. I thought the her message was relevant to everyone, so I wanted to share it with you.
The gift is a collage in 6 panels. Each panel has an object attached to it and a a paragraph of text, as follows:
A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: The plain sheet of paper is to remind you that
you can always change things around. If one day is awful, the next
day could be the best day ever.
A BANDAID: The bandaid is to remind you of 2 things: 1) When you are
hurt you can always get better. 2) You will always be healed faster
when you have more friends to stick to.
A PAPER SNOWFLAKE: The snowflake is to remind you that you are special
and unique your own way
A YELLOW THREAD: The golden string is to remind you that what attaches
us to our family and friends is more important than all the money in
A SMILEY FACE: The smiley face is to remind you to remember to laugh
and smile when you are feeling unhappy, unsuccessful and bad.
AN OLD PENNY: The penny is to remind you that small, dusty, “unimportant”
things are very valuable.