They have special powers - and if I could bottle them, I surely would.

I watched this week as our beloved classroom paraprofessional put one foot in front of the other and joined us at school. 

I knew in my heart that the children would provide an incredible distraction to her heartache, having experienced it myself five years ago.  And while I would never begin to compare the loss of my nephew to the loss of her son, I can say that my visits to the land of despair have given me a glimpse into the painful fog she finds herself in today.

I watched Monday as the children ran to her, hugged her, and lifted her when she needed it.  And then today they began to remember why her heart was broken.   There were questions sprinkled throughout the day, and hugs and comments that were hidden yesterday.

I happened to walk by her center today as Francis looked at her in wonder.  “Mrs. F. - Does it hurt?” 

Mrs. FixesIt looked at her with love and nodded.    “Yes, it does hurt.”

Francis watched quietly.  (Which was a miracle in itself.)

“It hurts very much," she continued,  "But you know what? Your smiles and hugs – they make it feel better. They really, really do.”

And our Francis, who has talked (and screamed) non-stop for 84 days, sat quietly.  She nodded at Ms. F., and returned to her coloring.

And as much as I adore her, I have never loved her more as I did at that moment.

It's a moment I will never forget.  And I'm pretty sure that Mrs. F. will some day say the same...



Suzy said...

I think being in kindergarten is so wonderful because you never realize this is one of the best times in your life. Until you grow up and look back and are grateful that you didn't know then what you know now.

Unknown said...

I've been bawling for two weeks about losing my dog. I can not even imagine losing one of my seven kids.

Vodka Mom said...

We will be crying for quite a long time here in kindergarten. But we will laugh and smiles, as well. And THAT is why THIS is the best place in the land...hands down.

Brian Miller said...

you are making me all teary eyed vm...

Ellie Mae said...

wooooowww, what an angel. Her little kindergarten soul knew just what Mrs. F needed.

Just Two Chicks said...

Love the innocence of children... just when you think they're not really paying attention, they do or say something miraculous... something that makes it all worthwhile!

So. Cal. Gal said...

Awww! What a perfect moment. : )

The Bipolar Diva said...

smiles and hugs are better than words.

Joanna Jenkins said...


Gigi said...

Oh wow. Here's me in tears first thing in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the innocence of little kids is good medicine. It sounds like this was one of those times.

Anonymous said...

It is best to include those under six and over 70 in our lives every day that it is possible - their perspectives on life will surprise us, amaze us and yes, comfort us . . . .
faithful follower

Notes From ABroad said...

Tears and smiles .. sending love ..

MaryBeth said...

Please give Mrs. F. a huge hug from all of us.

I am a little surprised she is back at work already, but it sounds like it is the best place for her. She must be amazing!

Kindergarten really is a magic place.

I agree with anonymous above - those over 70 have their own magic as well!

Donna said...

I wish Mrs. F the best of luck. We were in her shoes a little over 3 years ago when our 14yo son died. It sounds like many people are reaching out and extending a loving hug, one of the best medicines. The wonderfulness of children and good friends like you will help her through the next year and beyond.

Sue said...

You got me crying too! But my heart is touched at the same time! These little ones are so blessed to have you as their teacher. I love my granddaughter Riley's kindergarden teacher as well. Lots of years teaching and so good with the little ones!

Take care, Sue

B and the boys said...

The power of a child...
what a beautifully written post and what a wonderful class you have.

Cora said...

You just made me want to hug them both. *sniffle*

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