One of my favorite quotations comes from Garrison Keillor. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” Garrison sells a glass paperweight with the quote inscribed. It is a popular gift with parents showing gratitude to their children’s teachers at the end of the school year.
The quote is meaningful to my wife and I because we have raised two children and have experienced the joys and challenges of molding, shaping and influencing their lives.
Now as grandparents we realize even more how important these influences are as we watch our daughter and son-in-law raise two daughters of their own, and watch our son share the responsibilities and difficulties of raising his son in a divided household.
Grateful for the extremely valuable compassion and nurturing given to our grandson last year, we gave his pre-school teacher the glass block.
Last Christmas I gave my wife a large framed photograph my daughter made of the grandchildren with the quote included. She has poured so much of her life into these kids and spent endless hours creating a consistent, loving environment for our grandson.
Once again we were thrilled with the love and care our grandson received this year at pre-school. We gave his teacher a t-shirt with his photo and the quote.
It is almost as though this verse has been etched into our hearts!
The full quotation is:
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.”