As I was pulling out of the parking lot up at Morse Street School today, I found myself behind my student Addie's family car. It's a huge beige conversion van with this license plate.
Why is that their license plate?
Well, Addie is the most adorable second-grader ever, with those awesome big front teeth that second-graders get when they've lost their baby teeth but not the others yet. What makes it even cuter on her is that she's Vietnamese.
Her siblings include a little toddler from Africa (I don't know precisely where) who just might be the most adorable boy I've ever seen. He has enormous eyes and curly hair and every time he comes with Addie's mom to pick her up from class, I want to stuff him in my purse and run off and pretend he's mine.
In addition to Addie and her brother, I know of at least one biological child of her blond and blue-eyed American parents, and I'm pretty sure there are another two kids from various countries running around that home as well.
I couldn't stop smiling after seeing their license plate. It just reminded me that there are so many ways to make a difference, and the one that Addie's family has chosen is pretty amazing.