From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

July 30

Brendan cried his first day of school. It wasn’t that he didn’t like school. Brendan just didn’t like being apart from me.

We’d had some good times in his preschool years, but now in first grade, Brendan was faced with five hours of wondering what I was doing with my day. He told me once that he watched me until he couldn’t see me any more, so when I dropped him off at school, I always walked fast and never looked back.

But one day—I don’t know why—I glanced back. The playground buzzed all around him, and there he was, so completely loving, watching me go.

My mind leaped ahead 15 years to him packing boxes and saying, “Dry up, Mom. It’s not like I’m leaving the country.”

I looked at my Brendan and I thought, Okay, you’re six for me forever. Just try to grow up, I dare you.With a smile I had to really dig for, I blew him a kiss, turned and walked away.

Diane Tullson

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