The past 3 winters, we've gone skiing several weekends at Mission Ridge each year. It started because I grew up skiing and really missed it and it killed us that our townhome got almost no use for several months out of the year.
So one day three years ago, we got all geared up and headed up to Mission Ridge for a 2 hour family lesson. Our instructor was Joe, one of the very few full time instructors at the mountain. Annie had just turned 6 and she wasn't really game for the lesson. Gracie was on the fence and Eric had only skied once in his life. To say we were a gong show would be putting it lightly. I don't think he knew what hit him.
After the lesson, Joe's wife Pat, who works in the lessons center, gave each of the girls one of her little crocheted bookworms. Joe has stayed "our" instructor, working mostly with Gracie and Eric sometimes and he'll even take me through the trees once in a while. We've become friends with them and look forward to dinners in Wenatchee together after the mountain closes. We've received many of Pat's special bookworms.
On the first day of school this year, the students in Annie's class were asked to bring three things. 1. A photo of themselves 2. their favorite book and 3. a small trinket that represented them or was meaningful to them.
Annie and I found a picture. The book was easy...any Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The trinket was a bit more difficult. She's a thinker and she really wanted to bring something that really, really represented her. Mainly she loves to read, but she was already bringing a book. The day before the first day, she let me know that she was bringing her bookworm. She decided to bring her book worm because it represented her love of reading, reminded her of the townhome and the good memories of skiing and being with our friends Pat and Joe.
You have to understand that I find this slightly hilarious because MOST of the time she absolutely throws a COMPLETE FIT about having to go skiing. When I brought home the rental gear a few weeks ago I got the most sarcastic "oh yay" from her that you could imagine.
Her explanation was extremely touching and I just had to email Pat to tell her what Annie chose to take to school.
Pat promptly replied and offered to make bookworms for Annie's entire class, in their school colors no less.
Annie got to hand them out yesterday.
She was extremely proud to pass them out and I think the kids really enjoyed them!