commercial project in speech. How was I going to focus on one little thing like Ruth challenged us to do in her post? Looking at the big things took all of my time!
But this morning as I uploaded pictures from a visit to our oldest son's last weekend, I found myself smiling--at the happy, giggling smiles of our grandkids, the proud smiles of our son as he holds his youngest, Grandpa's smiles as he plays with them all.
Can something so small
Create such a
Large swell of feeling
Can those upturned corners
and sparkling eyes
Melt my heart and
Make my arms ache?
Can the giggles that escape
and grab my soul
Still be there
But those smiles weren't the only ones that I thought about:
Student smiles as they walk into my room, excited to work on the current project. They talk, they giggle, they show me what they've done.
Parents step into my room with such trepidation. Each one wondering/worrying that I will have something bad to say. Each one hoping I will make a difference in their child's life. Each one smiling as they realize that I truly like their child--even the naughty ones--and will do my best to give them what they need, whatever that may be.
Stepping into my principal's office after conferences for a conference of my own. My first real evaluation in an extremely long time took place last week. We were meeting for my post-observation conference. His smile and welcoming words put me at ease immediately.
A simple little thing that makes the world a better place....