Yesterday I made cutout sugar cookies. I used some new cutters we had found at a small
knife and chef supply store on Fullerton Street that we wandered into while spending time in Chicago. A seahorse, a conch shell, and an angelfish all made their debut. It’s not often anymore that I make cookies. I’ll make them at Christmas, and sometimes for Easter. I once made them for birthday treats, holiday parties at school or special classroom treats. Our district no longer allows food treats, so I can’t bring them in for my students either. Our kids are both grown now, and my husband and I do our best to keep away from too many sweets. (Well, we try to anyway.)
My daughter teaches near St. Louis. It’s her second year there. Her school still allows homemade treats, so these cookies will be heading to St. Louis for her class. They have been studying the ocean, so my new shapes are perfect! I’ll be heading south with them too, spending a few days in her room since it’s my spring break. (She spent Thursday and Friday with my class this past week since it was her break.) Her students don’t have much compared to mine. They all receive breakfast and lunch at school. Some have food packed in backpacks for the weekend. It’s a very different reality. That’s why homemade treats are still allowed. It’s something they don’t often get.
I always learn from my trips to her school and the opportunity to work with her students. I think she learns from her visits to my school too. We share ideas and stories. We both teach 5th grade. Fifth graders are more similar than different. I wish all of our children had the resources they need to thrive. I know my cookies will sweeten up their day, I just wish I could do more for these students.