The handmade Valentine cards are covered with stamps and stickers and glued on hearts. With one open in front of her the girl drags the purple marker up and down across the paper. She asks me to help her with the first letter, even though she knows that one the best. She pauses at the fifth letter and we glance at the yellow construction paper letters taped to the wall spelling out her name.
Once. Twice. Three times. Four times.
Over and over she write the letters of her name while I watch in amazement. As she finishes, each card is tucked inside a legal sized envelop to be mailed to a loved one.
Six letters. A big step.