Sharing a Kind Heart
blog post by Mrs. Flaherty
Each morning in pre-kindergarten, we start our morning meeting by sharing our kind heart. Literally, we pass around a pink heart to greet the friend next to us and to say something kind. Sometimes it might be, “I like your shoes,” and other times it might be something like, “I love playing with you.” And sometimes, I am lucky enough to be the recipient of, “I love you, Mrs. Flaherty.”
I started this greeting last year when I noticed that one of my students had a note in her lunchbox each day from her mother and father that always ended with, “share your kind heart.” The words resonated with me and ironically, I started this morning tradition right around the time that my community of Waterbury, along with the Mad River Valley, lost five precious children to a wrong way driver. I only knew two of the children and their families, but my heart was breaking for all of these families and for everyone whose lives were touched by them. I was very sad. Everyone was sad. But I kept thinking about how every time someone shared their kind heart with me, it lifted my spirits. So, we made cards in pre-kindergarten to send to Mary Harris’ family and although I silently wept later in the day when I packaged the cards to send them, I was awe struck by the love that my four-year-old students were able to express with their drawings and how their cards made me feel. There were angels, hearts, rainbows and lots of “smiley” faces. I remember wondering if I should send them. I questioned if the cards would just make Mary’s family feel sadder but in the end, I decided to send them because I needed to share our collective kind heart, sympathy and love with them. I had seen Mary’s family in church the day before and I remember feeling so helpless – wanting to say something to them after Mass but I was having a hard time finding the words without bursting into tears. Those beautiful cards and the process of creating them lifted my spirits in such a profound way and it got me thinking about how we all need to take time from our busy life to share our kind hearts anywhere and everywhere we can. We need not be afraid to say a kind word or do a kind deed. Our acts of kindness not only brighten the spirits of the recipient but they fill our own hearts with joy and love. And truly, isn’t that God’s message to us and isn’t that what life is all about?