The kids’ school is doing Thanksgiving bulletin boards right now. AndyZ’s teacher asked me a few weeks ago to write 2 or 3 words telling what our family is thankful for. Two or three words? That’s difficult. So, I decided to be cute and use some alliteration: Friends, Family and FOOTBALL! Then I put in parenthesis (Roll Tide!) for my husband since my team is sucking royal donkey balls this season. (I didn’t write anything about donkey balls, I promise.) I was hoping they wouldn’t mind the “Roll Tide!” addition to my 2 or 3 words.
They put the board up on Friday and I was shocked to find that every other family wrote paragraphs. Sweet, sappy paragraphs telling wonderful thing their family is thankful for. I thought back to when the teacher spoke to me and decided she probably said, “A few words” and I took her literally. I’m obviously an idiot. Now, when you look at the board, AndyZ’s family looks a bit insincere in their thanks. Poor kid. You got to feel for him.
NikkiZ’s board, on the other hand, was done by the kids. Each kid told the teacher ONE WORD that tells what they’re thankful for. (She was very specific about that.) The teacher then printed up that word in traceable lettering and the kids traced over their word. The sheets were then hung to the board around a giant turkey made from their handprints. It’s pretty cool. I was reading the board this morning and I came to NikkiZ’s sheet of paper. It said:
NikkiZ is thankful for…SPIDERMAN.
I think her choice shoes a sense of selflessness about her, don’t you? I mean – Spiderman saves the world – so she’s thankful on a global level. I’m quite proud of her choice. Much more socially aware than the several kids who answered with “Mommy.” Jeez. Those kids need to get out more. Mommy just takes care of her kids, Spiderman takes care of ALL OF US.