Here's something new ...
On the first day of school, one of my students brought me a banana. Not an apple (which is a more 'traditional' teacher-gift).
I thought it was thoughtful, original, adorable and sweet that she brought it to me ... and looking back on it, I probably made a really big deal about her thoughtfulness.
Well ... the other kids were listening.
Because almost every day since then, a student has brought me a banana.
They all want a piece of the thoughtful gesture.
I think what it comes down to is they want to make me happy. To see me smile. To be a part of that process.
I think it's adorable.
And I've never eaten so many bananas in my life.
P.S. To my sweet students: I'm happy and proud of you every day. It doesn't take a banana for that to happen. Love you.