Follow:

You are Good, You are Loved

My hands paused for an extra moment this morning; hovering over the shoes that would carry you off to Kindergarten. For a fleeting moment I thought if I waited long enough I could turn back the clock. Perhaps time would settle into stillness long enough so I could revisit all the times I’ve rushed you out of childhood and forgotten you are still beautifully wrapped in innocence and wonder.

My throat tightened the way it always does before the tears start to fall. Your feet danced back and forth with excitement, this new beginning pulsing through your body. Your sister and brother helped you with your new backpack and asked you questions you were too excited to hear. As the oldest you not only forge this path for yourself, but you also make a way for them when their time comes.

I felt myself slipping towards shame, replaying all the moments I’ve gotten it wrong, all the moments you deserved more of me, all the moments I’d wished for a do over. I could have wallowed there in the shame and guilt, but instead I received a simple gift of grace. I looked down at my hands again and remembered. I remembered how they’d received you on the day you were born. They were gentle with you and held you close. They protected you and provided for you. They comforted your hurts and pains. They tickled you until your belly was full of laughter. They did whatever they could to reassure you that you belong.

So my son, as you begin this new adventure take a look at your hands. Think of all they will help you create, and all they will help you do. Some of your creations will earn you gold stars and the praises of your teachers, but there is something even more important that your hands can do. They can be a gift to your classmates. Think of they way your hands could receive the lost and lonely ones. Think of how gentle your hands could be towards the hurting and the broken ones. Think of how your hands could protect the most vulnerable ones.

As you gave us your final hugs before skipping into your new classroom you whispered in my ear the phrase you’ve learned to repeat whenever we part ways, “I am good, I am loved.” I smiled through the emerging tears, hopeful that you were beginning to understand that there is nothing more true about you. And so from that place you are sent out. You get to go, and dream, and play, and learn, but you also have the chance to do whatever you can to reassure your classmates that they belong. And when you start to forget what’s most true about you, or you start to live too deeply into shame and guilt my hands will be gentle with you and hold you close all over again and whisper in your ear what’s most true about you; “you are good, you are loved.”

Godspeed my little adventurer. I’ll be waiting at the bus stop.

Previous Post Next Post

You may also like

23 Comments

  • Reply 720p

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further post thanks once again.| Yelena Godfrey Packer

    February 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply cbd anxiety gummies

    Hello there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

    March 1, 2021 at 4:32 am
  • Reply CBD gummies for sleep

    What’s up Dear, are you in fact visiting this web page
    regularly, if so after that you will definitely get pleasant know-how.

    my website: CBD gummies for sleep

    March 21, 2021 at 10:01 am
  • Reply ncuimwbdsy

    Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

    March 23, 2021 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply SantosSob

    https://zithromaxproff.com/# zithromax pill
    buy zithromax online with mastercard

    March 30, 2021 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Billyclomy

    buy ketoconazole: keflex online
    buy ampicillin online

    April 3, 2021 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Michaelvet

    order prescription drugs from india: india pharmacy drugs india pharmacy drugs

    April 5, 2021 at 9:05 am
  • Reply jimdofreeRaw

    The road seemed to stretch on endlessly before us, but Alexis assured me that our journey was near an end. We’d turn before long into thick woods and travel through narrow, winding roads until we reached her family’s cabin. I had no choice but to trust her as GPS had given out nearly 20 minutes ago.

    “There’s good wifi and okay reception at the cabin,” she’d told me, “but you can’t get there unless you know the way.”

    So here I was, driving alone in the middle of god knows where with a girl who was my student just a couple of weeks ago. Her and her four best friends had been together from first grade all the way through high school and now they had graduated with very different futures ahead of them. They had decided to kick off “the best summer ever” with a week long stay at Alexis’s family cabin. Alexis and I were heading up before everyone else, the four other girls and four guys.

    April 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Michaelvet

    indian online pharmacies review: ordering medicine from india best online international pharmacies india

    April 6, 2021 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Robertboock

    levitra pills: https://edpillsonline24.com/# generic viagra pills

    April 7, 2021 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply delta 8 thc for sale

    I think the admin of this site is in fact working hard in favor of his web page, as here every information is quality based data.

    My web page … delta 8 thc for sale

    April 8, 2021 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply delta 8 near me

    Great blog you have here but I was wanting
    to know if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics
    talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of
    community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable people that share the
    same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Appreciate it!

    My blog … delta 8 near me

    April 8, 2021 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Robertboock

    best erectile dysfunction pills review: https://edpillsonline24.com/# pills for erectile dysfunction

    April 8, 2021 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Robertboock

    order erectile dysfunction pills: https://edpillsonline24.com/# ed pills

    April 9, 2021 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply MichaelOners

    where to buy viagra: viagra no prescription no prescription viagra

    April 10, 2021 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply MichaelOners

    generic name for viagra: viagra prescription viagra without a prescription

    April 11, 2021 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply nagedeala

    http://ponlinecialisk.com/ – 5 mg cialis generic india

    April 12, 2021 at 9:43 am
  • Reply CBD gummies for anxiety

    It’s very easy to find out any topic on web as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this
    website.

    My webpage; CBD gummies for anxiety

    April 12, 2021 at 10:49 am
  • Reply nagedeala

    https://fcialisj.com/ – best place to buy cialis online

    April 13, 2021 at 1:38 am
  • Reply gold bee

    I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for
    your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest.
    I’m going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details
    about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

    Feel free to surf to my web page gold bee

    April 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply jimdofreeRaw

    The road seemed to stretch on endlessly before us, but Alexis assured me that our journey was near an end. We’d turn before long into thick woods and travel through narrow, winding roads until we reached her family’s cabin. I had no choice but to trust her as GPS had given out nearly 20 minutes ago.

    “There’s good wifi and okay reception at the cabin,” she’d told me, “but you can’t get there unless you know the way.”
    https://medium.com/@ryanetpfx72/1966-a-present-before-christmas-101c1f8f8861
    So here I was, driving alone in the middle of god knows where with a girl who was my student just a couple of weeks ago. Her and her four best friends had been together from first grade all the way through high school and now they had graduated with very different futures ahead of them. They had decided to kick off “the best summer ever” with a week long stay at Alexis’s family cabin. Alexis and I were heading up before everyone else, the four other girls and four guys.

    April 13, 2021 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply nagedeala

    http://vsviagrav.com/ – viagra online pharmacy

    April 13, 2021 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply ClaudFep

    diflucan pill otc: diflucan cost uk – where can i buy diflucan without a prescription

    April 14, 2021 at 6:54 am
  • Leave a Reply