Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

When I was in college, I worked at a Boys and Girls Club, tutoring reading. (surprise!)

I only went there a few days a week, but I became attached to one little girl. She was super cute and sure she had some behavioral problems, but she soaked in the attention spent with her. I felt she had potential and rejoiced over the little bits of progress she made. One day, a group from the local high school came to make Valentine's cards with the kids for their mothers. Those of us who worked there helped out. When it was over and we were cleaning up the scraps and scrubbing the glue off of the tables, she came up to me, held out the card and said "Would you be my pretend mother?"

I think my heart broke in that second. I said something terribly bright like, "sure!", gave her a hug and took the card. But what little girl doesn't want to give her mother a card she made for her? What rift was there that she would even consider giving a card made for mom to someone else? (she had a mother btw, in case you were thinking maybe she didn't)

So today I want to say thank you to all the good mothers who love their children and guard and tend to their precious little hearts. And I want to share that showing kindness and loving children doesn't go unnoticed even if you are not a mother.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!


Carole said...

Thank you for this post, Amy. Well said.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

What a story. My heart just broke reading it!

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