Our world's current situation is one I don't think any of us could have imagined nor one that we will forget. Coronavirus has changed our everyday "normal" lives in so many ways. How we relate to each other, how we shop, how we do business, how we educate our children. What is normal or ordinary is no more, at least for the time being. The Covid-19 challenge has brought some difficult changes like not being able to meet in groups or hug as we are used to doing. It also has brought some about some wonderful changes like finding creative ways to teach and connect with people, finding new ways to do business, and finding ourselves doing things that we've put off for far too long. All of us are affected by Coronavirus whether we are sick from it or not. While it can be a stressful time with high anxiety, we can look for the good things around us. We can choose to do things that will let people know we are still connected while we are apart physically.
Two weeks ago, my daughter Andrea was over working on lessons to present to her 5th & 6th grade students virtually. She made videos, researched interesting math activities, and made cards for her students. I was THRILLED when she asked if we could make cards for her students. We didn't do anything fancy or painstaking as she had lots of other tasks to complete. We went through a few Paper Pumpkin Kits choosing cards we thought would work well. We changes up the sentiments to make them appropriate. How fun it was creating these with Andrea, watching her enthusiasm as she stamped, and listening to stories of her students. How I admire Andrea for the woman and teacher she is.
Even more exciting than making cards with Andrea, was hearing her tell of emails and messages she received from her students upon receiving their handmade card from Miss Knabe. We shared laughter, love, and fun making the cards and look what the students and Andrea herself received in return. This small act of kindness, a new and different way for a teacher to stay connected to the students she is missing, spread happiness to so many. I'm sure the families of the students were touched just as much as their children were by Andrea's act of kindness in staying connected. I'm so proud of Andrea and everyone who is working hard to stay connected while we keep physically distant from one another.
We also made postcards for one of Andrea's colleagues to send to his students. Maybe someday Nick will come stamp with me, but for now, we will continue to social distance.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share another way that I can make a difference by doing what I love to do – stamping and card making. I hope you are safe and well and feeling connected to those you love in this time of social distancing. If you are not, please reach out to me. I'd love to send you a card.
Make someone's day. Send a hand stamped card today.