Nothing compares with the contagious laughter of a child. The kind that brings tears because it can’t be stopped. One of my first-grade friends recently demonstrated this phenomenon.
He is always smiling. When I see him in the hallway, in the music room, getting in the car with his mom to go home. Such a sweet boy.
Those with an honest laugh also have a sincere cry…
Today in music class, students sang a song about Thanksgiving. I then asked, What are you thankful for? Such sweet answers. My family, friends, brother, sister, grandma, and on and on. Almost all of them mentioned a family member.
This friend was no exception. He said he was thankful for his mom. I immediately pictured him running to his car every afternoon. Always wearing that big smile.
We ended class by watching and listening to a song about Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t say it is a sad song, but sweet. When the song ended, I teased the class.
You guys haven’t asked me what I’m thankful for!
What are you thankful for, Mrs. Morris?
I followed this with a comment about their sweet smiles. And then I mentioned my one friend’s contagious smile and laugh. It was time to line up. I noticed he had a funny look on his face, eyes downcast. So, I asked what was wrong.
Tears began to flow. While the others lined up, I knelt to talk with him.
My sister died. When she was little.
Oh, honey, I am so sorry.
I told him how special it was that he remembered her in his heart.
Precious boy. I will not soon forget his laughter or his tears. ❤️