When my kids were young there was this one kid in school. It's the kid that seems to always be in trouble for something...never his fault. This kid touched my heart. In second grade he was a foot taller than all the others. He needed a different desk, but he had the same little desk as everyone. Once we were on our way to a field trip and he wasn't getting to go until I said that I would be his personal chaperone. I knew that he would never disrespect me.
Each year he and his sister (and then more and more kids from his neighborhood) would come over the week before Valentine's Day and design a card on the computer, print out 30 of them and tie them to the box of pastel Valentine candies in preparation for the party at school. I loved this so much that I bought out all the stores of those silly little boxes on the day after Valentine's the year before and store them in the freezer so I would have enough. Hundreds of little boxes of pastel heart candy!
His mom was in the Army, so the family moved away. Years later, I see this big kid walking up my path and realize that it's him! The family was visiting and he made his mom drive him over to our house! We have become friends on Facebook and I've watched him grow into a fine young man. I've been so proud for him when he has made the Dean's List and graduated from college! As I said, this kid grabbed my heart.
He is 24 now and in six weeks he is going to be a dad. He asked me to make him "one of those blankets with the tiles" for his baby so that she will know about his friends in Seattle. Of course I will! And, of course, he means a quilt and quilt blocks. What do you think? We are each going to do a personal block and all the others will be pink hearts. My block will be an Airedale! Remember to love all the kids in your children's class. Some day they will be awesome adults!!