To The 2-Year-Olds Who Stole My Heart

To The 2-Year-Olds Who Stole My Heart

Getting to be your volunteer is a blessing

Dear little friends,

You make my Thursday mornings happy. I'm thankful to have met each and every one of you. Getting to be your volunteer is a blessing.

As a freshman in college, I knew that I wanted to make connections in my community, but didn't know how to do that. However, after a few weeks of being in the classroom and working with you, I knew that it was meant to be.

In the past year (and few months), you have taught me more than I will ever teach you. This is true. You've shown me how to appreciate the smallest moments in daily life. At recess when you pick flowers and give them to me or your teachers, you demonstrate kindness. You show me the beauty of friendship when you take your classmate's hand to hold as you both skip down the hallway. I see your wonder and curiosity as you pick out different shapes, colors, and animals during your lessons. You are eager to learn new things. It's fun to watch the light bulb go off in your head when you know the correct answer. Seeing you smile when you receive a "Way To Go!" from your teachers fills me with the greatest joy.

Because of you, I get to relive my childhood on a weekly basis. From reading the crowd favorite of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," to making colorful Play-Doh creations, I instantly experience nostalgia. Your laughter is contagious and sweet music to my ears. Through playtime, you get to learn the life lessons of sharing and compromising. You might not understand those concepts now, but you'll come to know them better later on.

Your adventurous souls encourage me to leave my comfort zone. The way you dance like no one is watching is beautiful. I wish I can be brave like you.

Being two years old is difficult. Some mornings all you want to do is cry or have a tantrum, and sometimes we have bad days. After letting it all out, remember to get back up and try again.

I admire your steadfast courage in the dark times that have surrounded you. You have only lived a little over two years on this earth but have experienced unfortunate amounts of negativity. It makes me upset to think about your pasts. I hate that you have had to go through confusion, disorder, and uncertainty. There have been people in your life that have hurt you or maybe left you scared. I pray that those people can learn from their actions and that you can forgive them once you become older.

You amaze me as I watch you continue to grow each day. Though you are little right now, you are the perfect examples of resilience. Your journey has been a tough one, but you are finding healing and strength. That is something to be proud of.

Because of you, I have been reminded of the fact that every child deserves a loving and nurturing family to be a part of. Because of you, I have seen the beauty of adoption and have realized that it's a possibility for when I have a family of my own one day.

Little friend, you are oh so loved by many. Never ever doubt that.

I'm excited about your future and I wish the absolute best for you. Even after you travel on from the classroom, know that each of you holds a special place in my heart.

You'll go far.

Much love,

Miss Hannah

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.


Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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