Each morning I make my husband’s lunch for work, I put in a post-it note in his lunch tote. Usually, it’s a little message that says, “Have a great day at work,” “I love you,” or “How long will it damn it take for your to clean out the water in the fish tank?” We’ve been together for ten years, so our communicative love is special, mind you.
But still, I’ve always loved leaving little post-it notes in the kitchen, on my computer desk or even in my bathroom whenever I had something in my head and needed a good reminder of it for later on (because posting about it in your phone just isn’t the same, right?). Smash star Debra Messing knows exactly what I mean. The Hollywood actress and celebrity mom recently took the time to chat with me about not only the importance of these friendly little yellow reminders, but of how she is planning her back-to-school preparations with her son, Roman.
Babble: Tell me about your work with the Post-it Your Words Stick With Them campaign. Why did you decide to get involved with this program?
Debra: Using Post-it Notes to remind children how special they are, it just resonated with me, it makes complete sense to me. I’ve had an ongoing dialogue with my 8 year old son via Post-it Notes and I’ve left them all over the house for years. He laughs at be now because I put them on the mirror in his bathroom or on the refrigerator or I hide them in books. I think of them as love notes because when you are telling a child that you believe in them and you’re encouraging them to believe in themselves and to have fun and to head into the day with a positive outlook, it feels like an act of love for me. It makes me feel good to do it for him.
Babble: How do you prepare for back-to-school shopping with your son?
Debra: I love school supplies so much! It’s a little bit of a problem, I’ve been very open about it – I have a thing for pens! The most exciting time of the year is back-to-school, we go to the local school supplies store and we get everything we could possibly need and he gets to pick out his notebooks and his pens and pencils and what color Post-it Notes he likes and his backpack – it’s very exciting. It’s a sign that a new adventure is beginning. There are new teachers and new kids he’s going to meet and it’s only positive. That’s another thing that made me want to get involved in this initiative is that the program beneficiary is Adopt A Classroom, which is this wonderful charity that supplies much needed resources to teachers all over the country…I’m actually right now at PS 15, a school that is being adopted by the Post-it Brand [through Adopt A Classroom} so their teachers are going to be able to register online and say exactly what they need and it will given to them… I just think it’s an extraordinary charity.
Babble: Are there any fun before school traditions you two have? Or, is there like a certain backpack or character he’s totally loving right now?
Debra: He’s really in to super heroes, so he had Spiderman last year. But he’s also starting to get in to Spongebob and things like that, so I’m going to let him decide because he’s going to have a very strong opinion once he sees the backpacks all lined up, so I’m going to let him decide.
Babble: In your opinion, what’s the most essential school item that should be in every student’s backpack this year?
Debra: A pocket dictionary and thesaurus
Babble: If you were a teacher, what subject and grade would you teach?
I’d love to be a teacher! I think I would probably be creative writing or English teacher, and I probably teach third grade, which is coincidently the age of my son – or maybe it’s not so coincidental!
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