Today is Ms. Janet's birthday. Ms. Janet is my son's pre-K teacher and she is the most loving, giving, patient, and fab teacher I know.
When I told my son, over the weekend, that Ms. Janet was going to have a birthday on Tuesday, he was super excited and wanted to MAKE Ms. Janet something special. Notice how I typed "make". He didn't want to "buy" or "get"; he wanted to MAKE something special for his teacher. Ahhhh... I have taught them (he and his sister) well.
A little over a year ago, we implemented a NO BUY policy for gifts. Any gift we give, whether it's for a birthday, wedding, baby shower...just any gift is MADE by me or the kids or by both. Usually, if I make or sew something, the kids will make the wrapping paper (freezer paper/crayons/markers) and wrap the gift.
So my son dictated his vision of the perfect gift for Ms. Janet. First, he wanted me to paint Ms. Janet a t-shirt with a freezer paper stencil of a flower. Then, he wanted me to sew a matching skirt to go with the t-shirt and he even pulled out a nice fabric from my stash. Last, he added to this ambitious gift giving list a small handmade pillow so Ms. Janet "can put her tooth in and the tooth fairy can give her money". Um....huh?
The tooth fairy pillow request did me in. I knew I had to give this child some guidance as to what would be a nice and not too personal gift for Ms. Janet. I pulled out the fabric paints and note cards. I left them on the dinning table and set the bait. I sat on the sofa and channel surfed. I waited patiently until, SNAG!! He took it. "Hey mom, what if I make Ms. Janet a card with my thumbs?" (can you tell we have made these before?) Yes!! All nighter sewing marathon averted.
So, this is what both he and I came up with. He picked the paint. I brushed his thumbs with the paint. He placed it on the card. I drew in the details. Done. My son could not be happier. And I hope Ms. Janet is happy with her note cards from my son.
|My son's thumb prints|
|My son's thumb prints turned turtles, chicks and birds|
|Aren't these super cute?|
|What a couple of swirls can do for a thumb print.|