06 December 2010

giving thanks

Prior to Thanksgiving, Sacha's teachers asked the class what they were grateful for, and the answers were documented in last week's newsletter. In a class of seventeen, sixteen answered some variant on 'my family.'

Ever the outlier, Sacha was thankful for his Kung Zhu&trade hamster.

He's never been one to mince words. At the beginning of the school year, the kids were paired with a classmate with whom they had to collaborate on a drawing, and say why they liked their partner. Jonah likes Henry because he's funny, while Eli likes playing basketball with Max; Eleni appreciates Kyra's drawing skills, and Sadie loves that Joseph is a good sharer. Meanwhile, Sacha likes Rachel because he likes her. I don't know if he likes her, or likes her, I appreciate his honest, straightforward approach.

And so when he declared his gratitude for his battle hamster, I couldn't help but feel proud of my boy, for proving once again a consistent ability to cut through the bullshit.