First, this is my 15th year in my school. That fact brought the realization that "If Picasso Were a Fish" and "If I Had a Gift" both turned 14 this year.
That, in turn, sparked another couple thoughts.
- The students who first saw and reacted "Picasso" are all neck deep in college or military service or the start of their 20's.
- The young woman on whose birthday sheet "Gift" was based, is also deep in college (she was in second grade at the time).
Then also the realization that I have not finished a book in a while.
So, I have six new books in a restarted pipeline.
Now as to the title of this post...
The administration in my preK-grade 2 school reads a different book to each grade every year. This year, I'm blown away by this, they chose If I Had a Gift as the official book to read to every second grader in my building.
I'm humbled beyond belief.