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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17 comments:

Margaret said...

I always put a short note in their lunches until they got old enough and didn't want me to do so. Lunch was always the hardest part, especially where to sit in junior high/high school.

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Margaret My husband and I were just chatting about her first day last night and he said, "I wonder how lunch will go!" I think we all remember the dreaded lunch hour. :)

Stacee said...

I love this and will be making one for my son (he's starting kindergarten next week).

Isabelle said...

Wow! This is so sweet. You always amaze me. Isabelle :)

bigmangomomma said...

What a lovely idea!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

So sweet

Hanlie said...

You are an amazing Mom! Always thinking of the little things that make it special. Glad I can get some ideas from you.

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Hanlie: Ah, thank you! You all seem to have a lot of fun in your home too. Hope you enjoyed your day at the pool!

Southern Sisters said...

so sweet

kari lyn said...

A wonderful mama for a wonderful girl. Carrying your hearts with me in TX.

Anonymous said...

How did she do on her first day?

Jenny said...

That is so sweet and thoughtful of you. She will feel better with that tucked close to her, I'm sure of it!

I would love to have you link up to my linky. Creative Me Monday, when you get the chance. It's open M-Sat. Here's the link!

http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/08/creative-me-monday_21.html?utm_source=BP_recent

Have a great night!

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Jenny Thank you for the compliments and the invite to link to Creative Me Monday!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! What a lucky girl you have!

Ellen said...

very cute craft! and what a great quote!

I hadn't read that before, even though e.e. cummings went to my highschool (DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx, NYC)...

Carolyn said...

What a sweet project and note. I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/08/inspiration-board-link-party-13.html
Hope to see you there.
carolyn | homework

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

Thank you @Carolyn-- for the compliment and the invite!

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