Many Ways to Say I Love You

Nov 14, 2023
Hedda Sharapan


Around this time of year, a number of years ago, I received in the mail a drawing from my 3-year-old granddaughter.  It was sent from her child care center.  At the top was a note she dictated to her teacher, letting me know that the scribbles, lines and circles said “I love you, Grandma Hedda.”  What a treasure!

I thought maybe the letter was part of a Thanksgiving Day activity.  But it wasn’t.   It was about the mail.  The children were to make pictures to send in the mail to people they love.  And I have to say that, with all the e-mails and text messages these days, there’s still something heartwarming about receiving a handwritten “love note” or a “thank-you note” in the mail.

I told my granddaughter how much it meant to me to get her caring message in the mail.  I also made it a point to thank her teacher for giving her (and the other children) the encouragement to express their love – and not just on birthdays, Thanksgiving Day or other holidays.  I couldn’t help but think about one of our favorite Neighborhood songs about “Many Ways to Say I love you.” 

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