Anyone remember the end of the school year, when your teacher would hand you the precious folder? There was your name, emblazoned across the top, right-hand corner. The penmanship, with precisely formed curves and points, looked perfect to your young eyes. This long-awaited folder held the culmination of a year's worth of projects and papers. You had slaved over crayon drawings, agonized over book reports, and meticulously glued popcorn kernels to construction paper.* This was, indeed, your magnum opus.
For the third grade.
So, here I stand, dented Muppets lunchbox in one hand and treasured folder in the other. My folder is bulging with words. Words I am honored to have shared with you. Your time is precious, and to know you choose this lil' ol' blog to fill moments in your day is humbling. Below is my folder. These are the Cultivated Graftings blog posts YOU made most popular for the year of 2013.
10. Cornball Quotes
9. Sanity is for the weak.
8. My Mama's guest post, because you showed her so much love!
7. An open letter to families who disrupt an adoption
6. The one where I subjected you to bathroom mirror selfies and duck lips
5. Redecorating the closet
4. Heretical Christianese
2. The Easter conundrum
1. Let them give
Sharpening New Pencils For A New Year,
*OR you were that kid who completely filled the paper with black crayon, and emptied an entire bottle of glue onto the paper, effectively drowning all three kernels.