I love Christmas movies. I start planning my evening movie schedule from Thanksgiving until Christmas eve beginning with Miracle on 34th Street and ending with It's A Wonderful Life. I am taken but the beauty of these stories every year. They talk about miracles both physical pnes and those that happen in our hearts. They remind us, miracles are real. I watch small miracles each and every day.
The students in my classroom are so often viewed through the lens of what is missing, a struggle, or different. But simply looking from a different angle you can see perseverance, success, bravery and, a miracle. You see, we all forget how amazing that moment was when we first stood on our feet, took a step and walked. We forget what it was like to say a word and have the listener know what we said. I don't remember the first word I read, the first time I wrote my name, or the first time I counted to 100. But I remember the first time a young man spoke an original sentence, the first word spoken by a young lady with an assistive technology device, the first time so many different students wrote their own name without an adult, the meeting in which the parent cried because the child exceeded their greatest hope. You see, anything really is possible. The magic is in believing that it can happen.
In Miracle on 34th Street it was not until the young girl played by Natalie Woods believes that her greatest wish comes true. "Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to."
I hope this season you find your faith and, in turn the magic of a miracle.