Paper Plate of Positive Traits


The instructions were simple, even for a first

“Write one nice thing about your classmate on his/her paper plate.” The plates were distributed to the children on the last day of school to take home as a memento of the year.

This simple but lovely exercise always touched me, particularly the heartfelt but honest sentiments scrawled by the children.  One phrase that appears several times for my son was “You are so nice to me!”

I loved that compliment. So easy to do and clearly too so very much appreciated.  After all, who doesn’t like to hear something positive about yourself?

I found this paper plate tucked away in a closet yesterday while preparing for my son’s college departure. It was bittersweet but a great reminder.

On this day professing love, find something positive in someone, even if you have to dig a little. You may receive the compliment in return. Full circle. St. Valentine would be proud❤️



Published by Kathy Simmons

I am an ex New Yorker who still misses the vibrancy of the city. I seek out the humor in every day life and relay it through my stories in the hope others will appreciate as well. I love to write about growing up with my fantastically unique Irish mother whose memory inspires me every day. Although she is no longer with us, her antics are an endless staple for my tales. I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, two sons and toy fox terrier Anabel.

23 thoughts on “Paper Plate of Positive Traits

  1. What a very clever and thoughtful entry for the challenge and a great idea for the kids. I especially like your thoughtful comment at the end “Find something positive in someone today, even if you have to dig a little. You may receive the compliment in return. Full circle.’

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  2. This is wonderful. I’m pleased to say that my two children (now teenagers) still remember activities like this and I’m grateful to the inspiring teachers who helped facilitate love and respect in the classroom. Our world needs more plates like this! Thanks for sharing.

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      1. it was one of those customs that every passing out batch would do. it was such fun but now it is so precious!! thnx for the post revoking such beautiful time!


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