Needs vs Wants

At this very moment, I need:

- a new snowboard
- the perfect chenille reading blanket
- a super cute apron to inspire me to cook things that are edible
- a seat warmer in my car that actually warms my seat
- a pair of cognac-coloured Loeffler Randall boots
- a really good cup of coffee

Now, do I really need these things?  Well, no (except for the coffee).

This is my list (not exhaustive, by any means) of wants.  There is an important difference between the two, and it’s currently a huge focus in my classroom as we get ready for the holidays.

Every year, classes prepare two stockings to donate to the Salvation Army. We’ve been having very insightful and humbling discussions about needs vs wants, and after carefully selecting and sorting our donations, we ensured each stocking had some of each.

I was so delighted the kids considered books and crayons to be needs, along with mittens, toothpaste and soap, because “learning stuff is important”. Other “aha” moments included: deciding that nail polish and video games were in fact, not needs, and discovering that love is perhaps the most important need of all – one that can’t be bought.

Thank you to these little angels with very big hearts.  I already have more boots than I can count. You’ve reminded me that wanting to help those in need is what it’s all about.

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