Although "Elf" is my all time favorite Christmas movie, followed closely by "Christmas Vacation" and "A Christmas Story" (Notice a theme there?), I am also a big fan of "It's a Wonderful Life". The main character, George Bailey, reminds me so much of each one of you. The impact George has on the little town of Bedford Falls is immeasurable. He saves his brother who saves a transport of soldiers during the war. He saves the town during the Great Depression, canceling his honeymoon in the process. He saves Mary from a life with Sam Wainwright. He saves the people of the town with an alternative to Pottersville. And he does all of this without asking for anything in return. You all remind me of George because of your selfless nature with our kids and each other. This quote from Clarence the angel sums it all up for me- "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
I hope that you realize the impact that you have on our kids. As Zuzu Bailey says at the end of the movie, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." Know that when the bell rings to end each day, you will all have earned your wings.
Thanks to all teachers who are angels for our kids, and especially those who are angels for my daughter.