Tuesday, January 5, 2010


(Photo by Carol Walker)

Ever since I was a little girl of single digit age, my favorite animal in the world has been a giraffe. I do not know exactly when my fascination began, but I believe it started with a Book About Me, whose main characters were me and a giraffe named Nitsirk (my first name spelled backward). I loved reading the book and reliving the adventures that we shared, over and over again. As I grew older, my admiration for the beautiful animal transformed from simply loving a childhood book to being intrigued by an awkwardly graceful animal. I am not quite sure what has fascinated me so much about this towering creature, but being a fairly short person of 5'2", I suspect that the animal's enchantment to me is its statuesque presence.

As a math teacher, I have numerous mathematical posters and inspirational sayings hanging around my classroom. The room is also decorated with several photos of the Ladybug and my family, as well as various student-art projects that former students have given me over the years. Yet, when you look around my room, one thing is perfectly clear... I still love giraffes. Through the years students have made me gifts of painted posters and pictures of giraffes that I proudly display throughout the room. Each year students add to the collection with their creations. However, I was not prepared for the special gift that a current student of mine created for me for Christmas.

I opened the gift anxiously on Monday morning, the first day back to school after our Christmas break. I was not expecting a gift, especially now that we are in the month of January. I carefully opened the gift, and was excited to see an adorable, 1 1/2 foot tall, stuffed animal, toy giraffe. I immediately thanked the student for the very generous gift, whereupon he stated that he handmade made the toy giraffe (with a little help from his grand mother) during the Christmas break. My jaw dropped in complete shock with the realization that this perfect gift was not purchased, but rather hand-stitched just for me.

As I look at this gift that is sitting in my lap as I write, I am still in awe that a student took the time during his vacation to create a special gift for me. I am so deeply touched by this gift (which actually includes personal stitching on it that says, "To Mrs. K, From T"). This is truly the best gift that I have ever received as a teacher. Thank you T, from the bottom of my heart for this generous gift!

The new giraffe.

A close-up.

The Ladybug giving my new giraffe some great big hugs.



FinsUp said...

I won't show Fin this, she will get jealous. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift, though!

Lisa~~ said...

I too am a giraffe lover and have something giraffe in every room of my home. Your pressie is adorable and even more wonderful that it was made for you, very sweet.

Thank you for the Christmas card, the piccie of Bug is just lovely. Wishing you a wonderful 2010.