Day 4What was the nicest gift you ever received from a student/parent/colleague?
As a high school teacher, I don't receive as many gifts as those teachers of younger students. When I taught overseas for several years I did get some nice gifts. One family gave me a lovely scarf for Christmas. A couple of years ago I had a student give me a pair of earrings. Compliments are always a nice gift. It's nice to be recognized as a good teacher by students especially if they don't normally like my content. It's also nice to hear that my colleagues consider me an inspiration.
I suppose I could go on and on about gifts I've received. At Christmas my department always gives wonderful gifts to each other. One of my colleagues whom I carpool with always gives great Christmas and birthday gifts. We do a Secret Santa gift exchange, and I have gotten some really fun things from those, too.
But I think the nicest gift I was one I got anonymously--and quite recently, too. I came back from my parking lot duty a week or so ago and found a basket of goodies on my chair. It was filled with snacks and lotions and sodas and a note. The note said that one of my colleagues wanted to surprise me, so I was to pick three things from the basket and then put three more things into the basket and pass the basket on to someone else.
I have no idea who put that basket on my chair. All I know is that I needed that little encouragement just then. I took three items out and put three items in. Then I put the basket into someone else's room. I don't know who has the basket right now, but I hope it is still making the rounds. It was a blessing at just the right time.
In this month of Thanksgiving, why don't you pay it forward and show some thanks to the people in your life; it may just be the blessing they are needing at just the right time.