In an effort to celebrate Franki Sibberson’s birthday, her friends (and I feel so blessed to be counted among them) have decided to send her thanks for all of the things we’ve done and experienced because of her spirit and encouragement.
I didn’t have to think too hard about what I’d write about Franki. I have a zillion things I could write about but the one I kept coming back to was the very first thing that came to my mind: when she sent me a package of books in the mail.
This was at the beginnings of my classroom library and I think I’d signed up with the ARCs Float On website and not long after, I got a package in the mail from Franki.
There as a quick note, a couple of YA books, and a Fancy Nancy pen that was sparkly and so much fun I squealed. (For the record, even though it doesn’t write anymore, the pen still is in my desk at school because it makes me smile every single time I see it.)
I am positive I’m not the only person to be surprised by a package in the mail from Franki.
I think of this often when I look at how much my classroom library has grown since then. I look at the books I’ve picked up at conferences and I think about how fortunate I’ve been. And I think about how Franki paid forward a few books she’d gotten to me.
Recently I’ve seen a few requests for books – a brand new library opening, a friend wanting books to give away at a training, a teacher who wants to start her own classroom library. I didn’t have to think about what I’d do because I could remember how important it was to get those first books from someone else, that little investment in what I wanted to do.
I’ve been paying that original kindness and generosity of Franki forward – to those projects and others – always with a smile at the memory of that first package.
Happy birthday, Franki. :)