Every student in the first grade at Anna’s school gets to write down 3 wishes. There is a lesson before they write about what a realistic wish would be for school, trips to Disneyland are discouraged. The first grade teachers then grant each student 1 wish. Such a beautiful idea.
Teacher for a day, student helper for the rest of the year, a pink chair to replace the regular school seating, pizza party, extra recess and an art holiday are all examples of the wishes that have been granted. Today was the art holiday, which basically means that the whole day is consumed by art lessons, and Anna’s teacher asked if I could come in and give an art lesson.
We did a continuous line drawing of an owl and they did such a great job. Watching and following along, all creating their own masterpiece. It was so much fun.
As the kids were busy coloring in their drawings I wrote Anna’s wish on the board and covered it with a piece of paper. Some noticed once I was done and the whispers began, “Anna has a wish on the board.”
Anna’s wish was the same wish that her teacher told me she wished for, a class picture of her and all her students, Anna included. She was away when the official class picture was taken. I put in a call to my favorite photographer and good friend, Nikki, and she came and granted their wish.
These students, Anna’s classmates, didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with her but they sure do love her. They keep her very present in their room and in their hearts. I am so blessed by each and every one of them.
This morning was beautiful, the sun was shining and God granted me my wish ~ peace and a fantastic morning spent with an amazing group of first graders and their teacher.