Every year at our Teacher Brunch, I pull out these two copies of this classic Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You'll Go! We started getting teachers to sign these since Anna and Taylor were in preschool and kindergarten, and it's turned into quite the time capsule through the years to have this window into teachers' comments through the years. I sent the book to school with Anna and Taylor the last week of school to get the final signatures from teachers who could not come to our brunch, and I finally pulled the books out of the kids' backpacks just last week. I am grateful for these teachers who have invested in them and who have been a part of their stories this past year.
In my family growing up, my grandmother had a gumdrop tree. My mother had a gumdrop tree. And when I got married, I was given a gumdrop tree at a Christmas wedding shower. The first one I had was a chintzy see-through plastic tree that was in a box that said "money tree". I guess some people tied money to the branches as a way to give cash as a gift. But in our family, this small plastic object was pulled out each year and gumdrops were stuck to the ends of the branches. The bottom tray held a bunch of gumdrops under the tree for the extras that would not fit on the branches. I loved my daily ritual in December of passing by the gumdrop tree that was placed in the hallway outside the kitchen and of snatching a few gumdrops. (Note to anyone who tries this: You can always conceal your snacking by restocking the empty branches with gumdrops from the tray. Your real challenge comes when the tray is empty. Good luck on that one.) Here's the description I