When our three children left for school each day, we sent them off with these words: “Have a wonderful day… and be friendly, helpful, and cooperative!”
And now we offer this very same advice to our grandchildren: “Be friendly, helpful, cooperative!” These words are advice, but they also express a hope and dream. Aspirational words, even for a 3-year-old!
As a grandparent, I wondered what advice the grandparents of our students would offer. Or what hopes and dreams they might share with our students.
So I asked a few Mustard Seed School grandparents, some right down the street, several half-way around the world. They generously shared their wonderful advice and cherished hopes and dreams.
Dear grandchildren, and ALL the students at Mustard Seed School,
HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE REALLY WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL:
- You attend a very special school. What makes MSS so special? Well, the first thing everyone notices is the warm welcome given to students, parents, and grandparents upon entering the school every day! You truly make everyone feel so welcome!
- I am the blessed grandmother of two Mustard Seed students and have had the opportunity to witness what a Christ-based learning experience can provide. You are surrounded by loving and enthusiastic teachers who know your strengths and weaknesses and the best approach in developing you as individuals. It is a joy knowing that you, the dearest people to my heart, are getting the opportunity each day to grow in the Mustard Seed philosophy. May each student look back in the years to come and realize what a unique education they have received.
- The God who brought you, our grandchildren, into our family is the same God Who took you to Mustard Seed School. We are so grateful that you and other precious children can spend many hours of your day learning, sharing, and growing in the knowledge of our Savior. The love your school has for you, the discipline your teachers instill, the direction in which the school guides you makes us thankful for your school every single day of our lives. If we cannot be the ones to do these things, we praise God that Mustard Seed does!
- You have so much to be grateful for at your school: days that begin with worship, teachers who love and pray for you, classmates who work and play together, a truly unique school culture that allows you to pursue your personal goals and interests. Count your blessings every morning and every night!
AND NOW SOME WORDS OF WISDOM (AND WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR BED EVERY DAY):
- I would offer the following quotation from Admiral William H. McRaven (check out the biography of this impressive man): “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
- This “pearl” comes to mind: “NO is often just the beginning of NOt yet.”
- Perseverance and faith will be your path to success.
- It’s not what you’re given, it’s what you create with what you have.
- Persevere and bring beauty into your life and generously share it with others!
- Our advice to our grandchildren would be that in this time of constant change, the Ten Commandments are still the best rules to follow.
- Eat dinner with your family every day. Spend time playing with your dog or pet. It helps to have a younger sibling…
- Be joyful, dance, and sing with family and friends, often!
- Cherish and honor your parents and guardians.
- The kupuna (the elders), who are greatly respected here in Hawaii, impart wisdom and share this advice for keiki (children) while we are cleaning taro to make poi: “For every 4 or 5 friends you make with people your own age, befriend one elder…it will greatly enrich your life.”
ABOVE ALL, BE CARING, HELPFUL, KIND:
- Academics are important, but before that, you need to be a human being who does good for society, who is caring and helpful to all people.
- Be strong, healthy, and kind in mind, spirit, and body.
- Be curious, be a helper, get help when needed, be kind, have fun, be careful, listen, be aware of your blessings, expect the best.
- Always do your best. And be kind.
- When you are playing and having fun, look around for someone who is alone and help make that child happy by including him or her in your fun.
WE ALSO HAVE HOPES AND DREAMS FOR YOU:
- Always believe that something amazing is about to happen. It will!
- May you always have the courage and strength to stand up for others!
- My hope is that my grandchildren live in a safe world where they can practice their faith.
- You are important to your school and your classmates. Feel good about yourself.
- Our hopes and dreams for our grandsons and all of the students at MSS would be that they continue to be enthusiastic learners and critical thinkers, who value learning and care deeply about their fellow man.
FINALLY–WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU:
- We wish you knew how much we love you! We think you do, but just in case, we’ll say it again: we love you!
- Always remember: the love and concern of grandparents will encourage you in your everyday challenges in school and in life.
With thanks to Mustard Seed grandmothers, grandfathers, omas, opas, abuelas, abuelos, obaachans, ojiisans, kupunas, nonnos, nonnas, yayas, nanis, and nanas for sharing advice, hopes, and dreams.