My three-year-old received a note from Mrs. Martin, the helper teacher who works in her pre-school classroom. I opened the note and read the words, scripted in pleasing cursive, aloud.
I appreciate you. Thank you for being such a sweet friend to your classmates. You always take your turn and ask nicely, and you're fabulous with a glue stick. I am so blessed to spend my mornings with you!
That's how you write a note. It doesn't matter if the recipient is three or sixty-three; they'll realize that those words -- those affirming, specific words that identify precise appreciation -- are good words.
As we ran errands the next day, my daughter spoke up from her car seat behind me. "I'm fabulous with a glue stick, Mommy."
That you are, little one, that you are. Thank you, Mrs. Martin, for noticing. And thank you, especially, for taking the time to write it down.
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