I looked down and in my hands was a little baggie. Inside was a cotton ball, a kleenex and a bag of blackberry tea. There was a note.
Here is a little gift for you as you leave your precious one with me on the first day of school. As you hold this cotton ball in your hand, the softness will help you to remember the gentle spirit of your child. After you've gone home and dried your tears, make yourself a hot cup of tea. Put your feet up and relax. Remember that together you and I will work for your child to be the best they can be.
Thank you for entrusting your child to me for the coming school year. I will do my very best every day to be your child's guide in learning and exploring this bright, new world they've just stepped into.
Sincerely, Mrs. K
When I got home today, I couldn't stop thinking about you. I missed you. And someone else did too. I know sometimes she gets into your stuff and that makes you mad, but it's because she just wants to be with you wherever you are. She did today too. She kept looking for you. That made your mama sad too. So I snuggled in close to take a nap with her. Just like I used to with you when it was just the two of us.
When I got there, I saw you before you saw me. You looked tired. Dog tired. Your teacher was holding your hand and I could tell you felt safe with her. I choked back my tears and moved to where you could see me. You smiled and opened your arms. For a moment it was just us. "Hi, mama" you whispered in my ear. "Hi baby. Did you have fun at school?" "Ah fun ah school! Ah go home, Mama?" You squeezed my neck. My heart almost couldn't take it. I started to think of how fast you were growing as we walked away together. "Can Mama take a picture of you, bud?" You let me. But only one.