I teach middle school in a super-low income inner-city school, and we were writing about what we are grateful for this week, since most of the kids at my school come from families that can't afford a Christmas tree, let alone presents to put under it, so the traditional "what I want for Christmas" was out. They wrote about things like having family, being alive (especially after last Friday's tragic events), and some really touching things, but there was one event on Thursday I wanted to share with you because I was so moved.
I have a student who is essentially being raised by her grandmother (mom is physically present in the home but emotionally absent for a myriad of reasons). Her birthday is Christmas Eve, and on Thursday her grandmother surprised her with cupcakes for the class. She was so moved that her grandma spent $25 on her, and that her mom showed up, that she started crying. I have never seen such gratitude on a child's face; I almost started crying too. Like last weekend's events, it made me reflect on all the things I take for granted, and made me appreciate being able to give DS a good first Christmas, but this time it's a happy story instead of a devastating one.
Sorry if this was long(ish) - with all the sad stories we hear these days, I thought you might like an uplifting one. Cheers!