Today was the last day of school for children. There were floods of tears from children, and also parents. Hugs were like the jaws of life. Pick-up on the playground at the end of the day was emotional for everyone.
Especially for Maddie.
Mom held the new baby brother while Maddie continued to play. The more mom smiled, the more Maddie refused to go home. Yes, refused. Finally, I scooped up Maddie in my arms so we could walk to the classroom. Maddie buried her head in my neck, and I asked her if she wanted me to sing a song.
“Yes”, she said.
“What song do you want me to sing?”
Of course! “Wagon Wheel” has been ‘our song’ in the classroom whenever someone is feeling sad. Children will want me to ‘rock me mama’. And, I do just that. So, I sang the chorus loud and rocked as best I could on two feet, as I carried Maddie to the classroom.
Children are very forgiving when their teacher is crying and singing and rocking at the same time.
Music is a great healer. Love is, too.