Today is a day of gratitude. I want to share with you two wonderful gifts I received.
This came from a fifth grade book club at a local elementary school. I presented titles to the group to help them decide what they were going to read and discuss next. After, they dropped this amazing reading journal off at the bookstore for me. It came with a sweet thank you note from the whole group, and then inside are individual thank yous from the teachers and the students, plus lots of blank pages so I can write notes about what I read. Wow! Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed from my job, I just look at this for a few minutes, and I’m convinced I have the best job on the planet.
Someone drew a stack of books based on the pile I brought to show them. They made a little book-loving Tegan (complete with a purple dress and sensible shoes– very me!), and drew monsters because the book they agreed on for their next decision is the thought-provoking, exciting, and spooky Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham. Isn’t that so creative?
These are amazing handcrafted, personalized notecards and envelopes that the incredible author and illustrator Brie Spangler gave me as a thank you for giving her feedback on a project. They are so cheerful and lovely! I have taken photos of them all so I can actually use them to pass the gratitude on, but I’m so in love with them, I’m still having a hard time not hoarding them.
These beautiful handmade gifts prove the delight of creativity and gratitude beautifully expressed. It makes me want to make something for someone I appreciate… but what should I make? Any ideas?