Gratitude: the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

I know that we will all be gearing up for the holiday season that is soon to be upon us. I imagine that like most of you, I am trying to purposefully not get caught in the mayhem and enjoy all those small moments that come my way each day. I am thankful for Nantucket STAR and for all the amazing children it has brought into my life. I have had more than one staff/volunteer comment on the highlight of their week being their time spent with STAR. It’s those kids! They are funny, courageous, daring, a bit wild at times, and full of life. Where else to you get to play, create, and enjoy our lives while at the same time working hard on social skills, learning to work together and communicate. Most of all, the children that participate in our programming cause us to remember to take joy in the small things and that a kind word goes a long way. May all of our hearts be filled with gratefulness and remember to be kind to one another.

One of our skaters handed me a beautiful drawing a few weeks ago with several sentences written underneath. It was obvious  he had worked hard not only on the illustration but his handwriting as well. It said, “I went ice skating last week. It was a lot of fun. I really like skating”.  That says it all!