While preparing for our 5 year old granddaughter Ali’s first book signing party scheduled in November, I found a delightful set of Alphabet Cookie Cutters online and purchased them. My childlike spirit eagerly awaited the arrival of my new purchase, and I was beyond excited to unveil it. Sure enough, when she opened the box and examined each cookie cutter, Ali sported a grin as big as all outdoors. Having already mastered the English alphabet and the accompanying song, “A, B, C, D, E, F, G . . . .”, Ali was keenly aware of how many cookie cutters were in the bright blue box.
Simultaneous with the ordering of the cookie cutters, I visited Ali’s school and obtained an alphabetized list of her fellow students in order to give each one of them a personalized invitation to our upcoming event. As our daughter was running her marathon in Portland the first weekend this month, her daughter was addressing the proverbial number 10 white business envelopes to her fellow students. Ali has quite an artistic flair and enjoyed using various colored markers as she carefully wrote the letters of each first and last name. While observing our granddaughter’s quite adequate gross motor skills in maneuvering the markers, I was struck by the fact that of the 22 students in her class, 5 of them had first names beginning with “A”. That’s over 20% of the class! In the recesses of my mind, I had planned to set aside the “A” cookie cutter so that Ali could have it as a keepsake from her very first book signing party.
Bursting at the seams with joy over my newly found online treasure, I announced to Ali that I would be safeguarding the metal “A” cookie cutter for her and that she could keep it after her party. With a very serious countenance and furrowed brow, my darling granddaughter looked at me and said, “Well, Gramma, there are so many kids in my class that have names that start with “A”, and I think the first one of them who arrives at my book signing party should get to keep the cookie cutter.” Her response melted my heart and I gave her a big hug and commended her for her generosity of heart and spirit.
As I reflected upon “Cookie Cutters & Alphabet Letters”, the thought flitted through my mind that our daughter and son-in-law are beyond generous people and precious Ali Faith is learning and modeling this supreme virtue as she transitions into her first year of school. Life’s lessons are often absorbed in the most unique ways. I dare say that I will not look upon a set of Alphabet Letters in a ho-hum fashion henceforth. And I know that Ali and I will both be as pleased as can be with whoever ends up with the “A” cookie cutter!