When I was in Kindergarten, my mom worked the 3pm-11pm shift four days a week. We had half-day kindergarten back then, so you went to school from 8 to 11:30 or 12 to 3:30 – something like that anyway. I remember for the most part when I did afternoon kindergarten that she was there in the morning for breakfast and then to put me on the bus. After that I didn’t see her again usually until the next day, though I know now that she came into our rooms at night to say her own goodnights.
One morning she had a friend stop by for a visit so they got talking. The next thing I know it’s time for me to get out of the house and to the end of the driveway for the bus. For some reason, I don’t remember my mom’s kiss goodbye that morning which left me devastated. I remember seeing her at the window – the usual spot – waving as I waited and then stepped onto the bus. I remember trying to hold back the tears, to not let the other kids see them, but when we pulled up the driveway to our little school I could not hold them back anymore.
Mrs. Casey, (in my estimation the best kindergarten teacher ever), saw me and immediately pulled me aside to see why I was so sad. I explained what happened and that I wouldn’t see mom until the next day. She totally understood and suggested that I draw and color her a picture to give her and let her know how I missed her. She told me that it might make me feel better and make mom feel good too to know that I was thinking of her.
Mrs. Casey was so right. I felt so much better. The tears were gone after that and mom did like the picture.
This is my way of thanking you for the kind comments and likes on my Facebook page. As I am transitioning to life in the North Country, the hardest part is being so far away from family and friends. I find I miss you all and think about it often. Writing posts on this blog and sharing some of my experiences of life up here is my way of letting you know you’re never far from my thoughts and it helps me to feel better. I hope you enjoy it too.
Now, when are you coming to visit?