The most important thank-yous are those that happen everyday,
the spontaneous moments
when we are true.
However, there is this day called Thanksgiving.
It helps us to focus on the idea of thank-you, because sometimes we do take it for granted.
Your topic for your writing notebook is to thank someone. You can do this in many ways.
You can write a letter.
You can write a poem.
You can make a video, or sing a song.
You can make someone breakfast, or refill their cup of coffee and attach a special note of thanks.
Whatever you do, make sure it comes from the bottom of your heart.
You can use your voice, you can type, you can handwrite, you can draw.
As long as it is true.
But first, you need to choose.
Who will it be? Who should you thank and why?
Spend some time thinking about this one. You might decide you want to thank more than one person. You might decide it is a family member, friend, or an author. There are ways to thank everyone, so don’t rule anyone out.
Here is my sample:
A letter to my students.
Thank-you for being you. For being individuals.
Thank-you for challenging me, for expecting me to be my best.
Thank-you for showing up even when you are grumpy, or tired, or down.
Thank-you for working hard, and working through, even when you’d rather not.
I know it’s not easy, I was twelve once, too.
Thank-you for being brave, for asking the questions.
Thank-you for your smiles, your laughter, your sense of humor.
Thank-you for understanding that I am human, too.
Thank-you for your willingness to inquire.
Thank-you for entering this classroom every day,
Making an imprint on my life.
Thank-you for being you.