A while back, Fletcher’s GEP (gifted) teacher asked each student’s parents to write a letter to our child describing what quality we most admire in them and what famous person shared that quality. Today he brought home this video. He was very upset about his drawing, but I love everything about it.
Here is the letter I wrote:
Dear Fletcher – There are so many qualities I admire in you, it was very hard to narrow it down to just one! I admire your enthusiasm, your curiosity, your creativity, and I admire you for your convictions. Not many children, at the age of 4, would decide that they think eating meat is wrong because animals are living creatures. But you did. You feel things very deeply, and you trust those feelings and stay true to them. Three years later you rarely eat meat (does bacon count?) and you have led your father, sister and I to give much more thought to the source of our food than we might have without your prompting. That’s an impressive accomplishment for a first grader.
Many great men have shared these qualities, men like John Lennon.
John Lennon was an incredibly creative person – a talented artist, writer and musician who, like you, felt things very deeply. He saw the world as it was and wanted to make it a better place. Using his talents he shared that vision with the world and in the process helped us all to see (and hear) in a new way.
I love you so much and I am so proud of you.