A few days before Thanksgiving, my wife and I received a text from a family friend. Her text included a snapshot of the postcard that our friend’s grandson received in the mail that day. His Kindergarten teacher had taken just a few minutes to acknowledge a good deed that Liam had done for a fellow classmate. In fewer than 30 words, the message the teacher penned brightened his day and brought a big smile to the faces of his parents and grandparents.
There’s something impactful about a handwritten acknowledgement. Emails are faster and easy to do from a smartphone or laptop. However, a short handwritten note carries more weight because of the time and effort that went into it. They also make great mementoes when you need a little pick-me-up.
Teachers, administrators, and support staff have made incredible adjustments over the past nine months to ensure that kids continue to have access to quality learning experiences. As hard as COVID has been on school staff, it has been hard on kids and parents, too. In these final weeks heading into winter break, could you brighten a parent’s, co-worker’s, or student’s day with a handwritten note? The three minutes you spend writing it could have the same positive ripple effect that Liam’s family experienced.
2020 has been a rough year. All of us are feeling the effects of COVID fatigue and election fatigue. Thankfully, several vaccines are now making their way from Europe to the U.S. and the barrage of political commercials is finally over. Today is as good a time as ever to spread a little joy.
In the meantime, continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and maintain adequate physical distancing for yourself and those around you.
Have a safe and healthy holiday season.
Dr. Dan Cox