“Mom, you know I really miss walking my kindergartners to their bus.”
That’s what my big, long legged, sports lovin’, drum playin’ son said to me as I was putting him to bed last night. He’s 12, and just “retired” as a safety patrol, since he will soon be moving on to 7th grade (Ahhhhhhh……sorry that’s just a small scream from me freaking out that my son is going to middle school!). His duty each day as school was about to end was to go pick up several groups of kindergartners and walk each of them to their bus, and make sure each kiddo got on the right bus. He would then entertain the kids, make them laugh, give them “five” and encourage them along the way. I knew this, since he would walk right by my classroom, and as any proud mamma would do, I would stand outside my classroom as my math class was leaving each day, and watch him in action.
Last week he got to retire, and a new patrol from 5th grade took his place. Yet he still would leave a little early and watch “his” kids go by, and give them “five”, and tell them his silly jokes. He asked me the other day if I thought it would be ok if he sat next to his kindergartners on the bus the last few days of school. Can you imagine? 🙂 He even got a gift card from one of the little boys, it was his way of saying thank you for being my bus patrol.
There are certain times in every mom’s life when your child just warms your heart and brings a special smile to your face….and for that brief, unprotected moment you think to yourself, maybe…just maybe, he’s gonna turn out ok…………………………………. but then he comes busting in the door afterschool, shouting, “Everyone is a butthead, and my sister is a dumb-butt…dumb-butt….DUMB-BUTT!!!” Ah yes, back to reality.
Then the smile fades………….but there is still that glimmer of hope.
Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.