Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Love Notes

On Luke's first day of preschool, I wrote a note and put it in his lunch bag. Feeling sad that unlike some kids, he'd have to stay four hours after preschool, I wrote a note on an index card telling him how I loved him and how I couldn't wait to hear all about his big day.

He can't read, of course. I was worried that he'd be too shy to ask someone to read it for him, but I was wrong. In the car that afternoon, he told me that he asked his teacher to read it and she did.

I kept sending him notes, but somedays, I'd be in a rush and forget. Somedays I'd be too tired at the end of the night to even think about it. One day, I picked him up early after a doctor's appointment and his extended care teacher told me how the notes I send are so sweet. She said every day after washing his hands, he retrieves his lunch bag and very shyly brings the note to her. She told me she reads it to him and he smiles. She said often times, he puts it in his pocket, then removes it during quiet time and looks at it. Once, she said, he kissed it and laid it next to his head. She said, "You can tell he really loves you."

I haven't missed a note since then. The other night, I asked Luke what he wanted me to pack in his lunch. He said, "A turkey and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks, and a note."

Always, buddy.

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35 comments:

*Lissa* said...

Oh, my heart.

Jen said...

How sweet, you are such a good mama!

pinkflipflops said...

awww how sweet!

Anna said...

Oh, that made me tear up! How precious!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Totally crying over this one.

Steph

Jamie Lynn said...

<3 So incredibly sweet!

Katy said...

You're such an amazing mother. Luke and Tommy are lucky to be able to call you mom.

Keely said...

I don't think it's just the hormones making me cry, mama. I'm a blubbery mess. Love you and love Luke.

Helen said...

Love! Just love.

Kirsten said...

Thanks for the tears, jerk. :) so very sweet of both of you

Sarah Viola said...

awww mah gaaaahhhhd....

Lyndsay said...

Good job mama!

Sarah said...

I'm about to give birth to my first child- a son! I never pictured myself as the mama of a boy, but I am, and I'm so excited...but I feel even less like I "know what I'm doing" than I think I would with a girl.
That's why I'm so grateful for your candid posts about raising your two beautiful boys.
And this post?
Just melts my heart into a puddle.

Adam said...

I shall not forgive you for this one.

Martina said...

Oh man Erin. The tears won't stop! This is the sweetest thing. He'll treasure these notes forever.

CJ said...

That is absolutely precious!

The Legers said...

This gave me goosebumps - so sweet.

Sue said...

oh, how sweet! Our preschool has a bin of cut out paper (some are hearts, or flowers, or just random shapes) that are there for "love notes". From what I understand, they read them to the kids as they settle down for naptime. They have become so important to my little one too!

Cameron said...

Oh my goodness. This is too much for my 39+ weeks pregnant hormonal self!!

Heather EO said...

That is one blessed little boy. His mother's heart is so good.

xo

Kim said...

Oh my heart Erin. What a sweet sweet boy.

love said...

SOB

Kaycee said...

Oh the preciousness!! That makes me so teary. What a sweet boy you have. And how sweet of you to send the notes.

quicklikeabunny said...

love it! I tuck random surprise notes in lunches too - my favorites are silly jokes. I'm going to do this tomorrow, thanks for the reminder.

Sara said...

You do not know me, but I wanted to leave a comment. This post brings a smile to my heart.:) You are such a good mom and you have a beautiful family.

ZDub said...

And I'm crying, thanks. ((PUNCH))

Mimi's Toes said...

"tears"...oh, how special!

InTheFastLane said...

That is so so so sweet! I love that he kissed it.

erin. said...

So, so sweet!! Love that Luke enjoys reading the note every day & keeps it close by.

Sara said...

Are you trying to turn me into a snotty, blubbering mess this morning?? Well, it's working. ;) So sweet. You inspire me. :)

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Foursons said...

That is the sweetest thing EVER and makes me rethink stopping the little notes in my kid's lunchboxes.

Becky said...

Loved this!

Galit Breen said...

Oh my heart (and perhaps my hormones), I'm teary.

This is lovely, and a perfect reminder to love always and love BIG and- I guess that's it?

Love this!

Elaine A. said...

OH my goodness, so very sweet. I can only imagine how much your heart swelled when she told you that. :)