Wednesday afternoon was our classroom party before the holiday break. Each year, every teacher is blessed with additions to the coffee mug collection, given at least six new candles, and receives a few boxes of assorted chocolates, all of which are wonderful gifts!
One of my students is very interested in drawing, especially cartoons, and loves movies, especially those about superheroes. I have switched grades, so this year, I have some of my former kindergarten students. One of them is James. He has a very dry wit, and is blessed with an adult sense of humor, even as a kindergartner a few years ago! He looks like Bart Simpson, right down to the tall blonde brush cut.
At conferences in November, he came in with his mother and we were talking about how creative James is. Then we got on the subject of Christmas. James said he was going to buy me some Vince Gill cd's, and his mom said I probably already had all of them, which I do! James was stumped as to what to buy me (he'd been questioning me about a variety of possibilities for about a week and a half already), so I told him the best gifts are the homemade kind. I told him I'd love a book of Vince drawings. He seemed satisfied.
Wednesday James came in with a flat package, about the size of a half sheet of construction paper. When I opened it, there was James' creation--a Vince Gill Picture book!! The front has some photos that James printed off the internet, with a hand drawn VG logo. James told me he's still working on "faces" so he thought it was best that he just printed Vince's off the internet. He had taken his favorite movies and put Vince into the lead roll, complete with a pencil drawing of all the scenery and the "star" body, with Vince's smiling face cut to fit on the body!!! It's great!!!! There are pages of Vince as Rocky Balboa, Vince as Superman and Spiderman, and Vince as a "Man in Black" from the MIB movie. I just LOVE it!!! It's one of those gifts that will remain a treasure, and won't end up in my annual garage sale!!!