I found out just last week that when Tulip's kindergarten class is lining up to go outside for recess, Wolfie's second grade class is lining up to come inside and she gives her brother a hug as they pass.
Maybe it's the only child in me, but it sure warmed my heart to know that my children have an opportunity to connect, no matter how briefly and coincidentally, with a sibling on a daily basis while at school. What a sweet thing for that little girl of mine to look forward to each day.
Then there's this. Yesterday I checked Wofie's assignment notebook like I do everyday but I noticed that he had written down the first and last name of a boy whose name I hadn't heard before. At dinner, he told me that he made a new friend at school - guess who. He told me that he was sitting next to a boy he didn't know at lunch and then the principal came by to chat with the kids. She asked them what kind of video games they like and Wolfie and this boy both said Skylander. So they started talking about Skylander all through lunch and out onto the playground where they played Skylander all during recess. Wolfie told me at first he couldn't remember the boy's name but asked him on the bus what his name was and that's when he wrote it down. At home Wolfie looked up his new friend in the school directory to make sure he was listed and we had his phone number.
I don't know if the principal planned to bring new friends together with her simple question, but that is the result of her attention and connection to her students.
It's those little things that matter so much in the big picture.