i carry your heart with me.
23 August 2011
My daughter starts the second grade in just a few days. She'll be a new student, in a new school, in a country that is still very new to her. That's a lot of new for anyone to take in.
I'm excited for her. But, am also experiencing a familiar twinge of sadness that hits me every late August as I acknowledge our long summer days together are coming to an end. While prepping her backpack and picking out a new sweater, she turned to me and said "Don't forget my mama love note."
She's a child who has always appreciated a gentle good-bye and reassurance that she'll be alright. Knowing this, her and I developed a couple little traditions to ease the transition from home to school. One tradition has provided a way to say 'good-bye, see you in a bit' before we arrive at school for her morning drop-off. She dubbed the tradition the 'mama love note' and it stuck. Every school morning, I created a miniature-sized note that had a simple message or silly picture. She tucked it into her pocket and then raced to our art studio to make me a tiny art piece for the day. It's been an informal way to say our good-byes before we actually get to the school and the daily drop off routine takes hold.
Partly to simplify our mornings and partly to acknowledge that she's getting a bit older and may not need the intricacy of this type of send off daily, I'm trying a little something different at the start of this school year. I created a permanent mama love note. A little fabric envelope made out of felt, lined with a black and white polka-dotted piece of cotton, then sealed with a snap and a tiny red felt heart. Inside the envelope is a little felt letter, embroidered with a message of love. She can tuck this into her back pack and know that there's a little piece of my heart walking around with her during her day.
For any other mamas prepping for the upcoming school year (and for all of those reading who have grown children and remember the mixed emotions of a new school year*), I leave you with an excerpt from one of my favorite poems by e.e. cummings, i carry your heart with me.
"...here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"
*i love you, mom.
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