Anyone who has children, nieces or nephews, or other kids in their lives, knows how these little ones manage to instill invaluable lessons upon us when we least expect it. Lessons about unconditional love, finding joy in the simple things, endless curiosity and beyond. The other day, Ava shared a lesson of simple kindness through a wonderful, inclusive gesture.
I walked into my sister's house and was greeted by Ava who was doing a project by herself in the living room. She had stacks of white paper and markers on the table and said she was making something for school. She asked me if I would help her draw some pictures, but I assumed it was a homework assignment so I told her I didn't think I should. "That would be cheating right?" My sister overheard me and said, "That's not a homework assignment. She's just doing that on her own." When I looked closer at her project, I saw that she was making greeting cards. A lot of cards. For every one of her classmates. "22!" she said proudly.
I asked her why and she said, "Just because." It melted my heart. I gave her a big hug and a kiss and told her how nice she was. And when I started to look at her work, I could hardly handle the cuteness.
She made a list of all of her classmates, separated by "Grils" and "Boys" and crossed them off as she completed them.
She drew fancy pictures of flowers, animals, cars, rainbows and beyond.
And on the inside she wrote a personal message. She wished that each of her classmates had a spectacular, awesome, super or great weekend. Simple as that. On one of the last cards that she made, she used the adjective "hopeful."
She even made one for her teacher.
She eventually enlisted Maya's help and quickly discovered that Maya was good at drawing "ninja scenes," so she asked Maya to do a few cards for the boys. I also helped with a picture or two and went through her list with her to make sure she got everyone. That picture Ava is drawing on the left in the pic below was meant to be an octopus, but as you see it didn't really work out. So she wrote "Octopus" above it just so that there was no misunderstanding.
Sometimes, thinking like a child isn't a bad thing.
P.S. More Maya and Ava.