Sometimes the smallest gestures can feel like the largest gifts.
That’s what Amanda Cox discovered when she asked her class to help find a few pencils. As reporter Frank Somerville shared on Facebook, Cox is a teacher from Texas. Recently, she discovered she was running out of pencils and asked her students to check their desks to see if they had any of hers hidden away.
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However, one student didn’t want to give up any of the pencils his mother had sent to school with him. After Cox assured him that he could keep them, the boy changed his mind and said, “Well, I guess I’ll give you a few so my classmates can have them too.”
It wasn’t until later that Cox took a closer look and realized why the pencils meant so much to him: “I then realized that my student’s mother took the time to write on his pencils.”
Cox went back to her student and asked if she could see the whole series of pencil messages. She said that what the boy’s mom had written, “melted my heart.”
Every pencil had a different kind of motivational message. Some were lift-up-your-day compliments: “You are so talented,” “You are creative,”You are a math whiz,” “You are a problem solver.”
Some of the pencil messages were encouragement: “Never give up,” “You can do this,” “This will be a great year,” “You will change the world.”
And some were pure mom: “I love you,” “I am proud of you,” “You are the best,” “You are important.”
Cox noted that the boy, “wasn’t embarrassed that his mom wrote on his pencils.” Rather, he had absorbed the message his mom was trying to send him and wanted others to feel as good:
Thanks to his mom, he was reminded of his self worth and wanted to share the same feeling with his classmates.
Cox wrote that, “This probably took his mom a few minutes to do yet it lit up his whole day at school.”
The anonymous mom’s pencil messages had some commenters thinking about the little gestures that had a similar effect on them. It may not seem like much, but a deck of cards listing, “things we love about you,” or a Post-It note with an encouraging message can become a someone’s biggest treasure.
As a teacher, Cox wanted to emphasize that these kinds of messages can have a real impact on children: “Imagine the look on a child’s face when they are reminded that they are important, talented, loved, knowledgeable and so much more.”
The point is to let every child know that, “someone believes in them and is proud of them in everything they do.”
Cox wrote that getting that message through to kids is why she is a teacher. And she encouraged everyone to make a similar gesture, because, “even if you think it is cheesy or you don’t have enough time or that you will have little impact, remember that you may be the only one telling and reminding them these things and EVERY kid needs to know their value.”