Ever since Florida mom Julie Clarke lost her husband last year due to a yellow jacket sting, she has been putting inspirational notes into their daughter Amelie's lunch box. Every. Day.
Julie catalogs the uplifting notes on an Instagram account called "Amelie's Lunch Notes." The incredible words of encouragement remind the 6-year-old that despite their tragic loss, there is still so much good in the world.
Each note has one thing in common: it aims to make the little girl smile, even though she's dealing with something unimaginably painful; something that would make many adults believe the world is a harsh, cruel place. These notes remind her, and anyone who reads them, that there is so much good in the world, too. So many people care. In fact, classmates, teachers, and community members also write lunch notes to Amelie.
Many more notes are written by Julie herself and remind her daughter how wonderful her father was—and that, despite tragedy, the future holds so much promise.
Adorably, Amelie doesn't yet understand everything written in the notes. Her mom says, "I don't think the message is getting across all the time, but I hope to save them for later and can use them to teach her lessons in the future."
I, for one, am inspired by this mom to step up my game when it comes to lunch notes. What a great opportunity not just to say "Have a good day!" but to empower my daughter and teach her about kindness, love, and a positive attitude.
Sending love your way, Amelie and Julie!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.