Even though it's the second Sunday of the year, today was my first day teaching the bumper crop of Sunbeams in Primary. In the past, I have been known to say - only somewhat sarcastically - that I don't really like kids. Today, that wasn't true, not one little bit. I love these little souls! They are so bright, not just with intelligence, but with enthusiasm and joy for life. Each one is an individual, a fully fledged person. They are only three (three!) years old, but they are eager and intent on doing what is right and good.
I have five Sunbeams, and four of them are oldest sons, little alpha males, all. And the lone girl is a forceful personality in her own right. It would not be an exaggeration to say I had been dreading this Sunday with these children for weeks.
But it was wonderful. These are (somewhat) fiercely independent beings, to be sure. Nevertheless, I found myself delighted as I began to make their acquaintances and earn their friendship. They are so sweet. And I am surprised by how much I miss my little flock of sunbeams from last year, now that they have moved on and moved up.
Today I am thankful for my Sunbeams, and for the opportunity to teach them and to learn from them, and get to know them....cute lil' things!
What are you blessed today?