“May it be a light to you in dark places,
when all other lights go out.”
(image courtesy Rachel Uretsky-Pratt, an elementary teacher in Washington State)
I have a small confession…
When it comes to cereal, of which I rarely eat, I love Lucky Charms.
I’ve loved it ever since I was little…
or rather ever since the cereal’s inception in 1964.
And if the truth be told, I’ve been known to secretly buy a box every now and then,
when I should have been buying something like Multigrain Cheerios or some other healthy
It’s okay, let’s all admit it…who doesn’t love those colorful little
And another confession…
Have you ever eaten a bowl of Lucky charms, as the milk
turns an odd swirling muddied color from all those magically melting delicious marshmallows…
in turn, turning up the bowl while finishing off that last bit of sweetened milk?
My mother, for reasons beyond my soul, would never buy the cereal I wanted, that being
Lucky Charms or Raisin Bran.
She claimed the Raisin Bran upset our stomachs…something about too much bran
but back then the thought of fiber was not a thing and as far as the Lucky Charms
was concerned, to this day, I don’t know…
she just always tried appeasing my brother with that awful Captain Crunch.
So when I saw the following image of a tiny bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows being
offered as a humble Christmas gift, my attention was piqued.
And by the time I finished reading the story, my eyes were so full of tears that I could
barely see from crying almost uncontrollably.
The newsfeed popped up after a young elementary teacher’s FaceBook post went viral.
It seems that Rachel Uretsky-Pratt, who is an elementary teacher in Washington state,
received a rather unusual gift from one of her students.
But rather than just being an unusual gift, the small present was about the most genuine,
selfless and sincere form of giving that I’ve seen in a very long time, if ever.
Uretsky-Pratt posted on her FaceBook:
“You see, 100% of my school is on free/reduced lunch.
They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week.
This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give,” she continued.
“So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning,
took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take
every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag – for me.”
Here is the full FaceBook post followed by the link to the news story:
To help put your life into perspective:
Today was the last day before our winter break.
We will have two weeks off to rest with our families and loved ones over the holidays
then head back to school in 2019.
With it being the day before break and Christmas right around the corner,
most teachers bring their kiddos something such as books or little treats and occasionally
in return receive something from their students.
Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry,
but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most.
You see, 100% of my school is on free/reduced lunch.
They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week.
This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give.
So rather than give me nothing,
this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning,
took the packaging of her spork, straw,
and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal
to put in a bag—for me.
Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you.
It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts.
Happy Holidays. 💕
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting
money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.
And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
And he called his disciples to him and said to them,
“Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are
contributing to the offering box.
For they all contributed out of their abundance,
but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
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Julie, this is so very beautiful and I really appreciate the connection with the scripture you chose! Wishing you and your family a very blessed celebration of the birth of our Lord! Blessings!
You as well dear friend— will you be in the soo or elsewhere??
I’m leaving for the Soo in the morning and we’ll all come back on Saturday to celebrate with the rest of the family on New Year’s.
A touching story about the gift of ‘great value’. We lose sight of that at times in the midst of our plenty, even though some don’t have much plenty – just more than others.
As for the Lucky Charms instead of multigrain Cherrios, buy both. Then put the Lucky Charms in the multigrain box and you won’t get caught. Merry Christmas
Excellent suggestion 🤫🤗
Marry Christmas Mark to you, your lovely bride and entire hat loving family 😇🥰
and there I go with fat fingers on a phone—MERRY….bless my fingers 😉
Well, I was married one time, and I stay in that state. In fact, just the two of us are celebrating Christmas by ourselves, no visitors. So your well wishes, regardless of spelling, was well received.
She will always be your bride 🙂
We will, as I told you, drive over to Atlanta tomorrow…why I decorated the house and put up the tree eludes me…but I think it was becuase this was my husband’s first Christmas ever that he was not entwined in a retail store, he wanted to be able to actually look and enjoy…so there we go 🙂
Keep the tree thing going. Christmas can be a drag with the children not in the house. The tree reminds us that there is a reason for the season. Then when the mayor gets a little older and visits, she won’t have to ask where your tree is.
You’re right… 🙂
Merry Christmas to you my special friends – Julie and Mark. It’s been a blast exchanging stories and quips this year. We’re going to our youngest daughter’s after church and will spend Christmas Day quietly alone together. We are blessed to know each other even though we’ve never met. Love you like family❤️️❤️🎄
you mean Gregory or are you pairing me off with our freind Mark of many hats? eh??? 🙂
Mark the hat man, merry Christmas to Gregory too😜
I worried you dipped in the eggnog one too many times 🥳🤪🤣
Not yet! Coming soon😜🎄
No doubt 🤣😂
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Never have eaten Lucky Charms. Raisin Bran I have. Raisins were and are still a favorite.
Instead of eating cereal that is especially sweet, I just have a couple of pieces of chocolate in the morning. My lady doesn’t like the chocolate, but she gets furious when I buy cereal that is just candy. I guess she does not want me to fill up on candy.
Thanks for the Christmas story.
Touching story. This student gave the best part from Lucky Charms! I actually had Lucky Charms last week at midnight which my wife got me and it made me think about my childhood so much of how we didn’t have money to get the good cereal. As a kid I complain but as I grew older and am a parent I can’t believe what my parents as refugees from communism did to feed all my siblings. Thank you for this post. This touched me in so many ways.