Short Stories

Letting go....(See you at 3:00)

Sun is hot and we play all day


Fun started at the end of May


Planting a garden and watching it grow


Laying in the grass with the bugs aglow


Sleeping late and picnics for lunch


Hugs from my son, he loves me a bunch


Look Mother, a picture I painted for you


with orange flowers, green grass and sky of blue.


Oh wait, I must add a rainbow too!


I watch him paint his, eye brow up and tongue sticking out


"Helps me concentrate", he says with a smile and never a pout.


Starting all day school, I smile how can that be?


It seems just yesterday he was three.


He started school then, just a few hours a day


We miss him anytime he is away


The past three years he attended a special class


He wasn't always able to walk in the grass


He wears braces on his legs and he runs kind of slow


Will the other children be kind? I need to know.


This time he leaves early, won't be back until 3:00


I feel like a baby, now it's me not we.


That first day Dad will be there too


He always knows just what to do.


Our son is eager to go and meet new friends


I want him to grow and to learn and to blend


I worry a little as each mother would


I want to go with him, and that's no good


The time has come for letting go


He is ready, this I know.


This year he will attend regular class


20 children his age, he will have a blast


Also ready to ride the Big Bus


Eating lunch at school, not with us.


I don't want him to see the fear in my eyes


The ache in my heart and tremble inside


It's too late he already knows.


He hugs me tight before he goes 


"Don't worry Mom, I'm a tough little guy"


The time has come to say good-bye


"I know" I say and hug him tight


"Don't worry about me, I'm alright"


Oh the tears I fight 


New friends say hello as he sits in his seat

A big-boy world he is ready to meet


warm hands on my shoulders to comfort me


"We love you honey, see you at 3:00"

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