I reach into The Boys cubby to grab his backpack,
lunch bag, school papers that are falling about,
and a red and white beaded circle tied with a cute Valentine’s bow.
Interesting, I think to myself… a circle?! Tied by yet another circle.
Ok, it’s after school day care, they must’ve run out of ideas.
But as a mother, you show pride in your kids’ work,
even when you’re not exactly sure what it is.
I try to hang it from my rearview mirror as The Boy is in the backseat
getting situated and looking around my car for his special treat.
It’s a heart mom, he says.
Oh. Now it makes sense I think to myself.
The next day, the circle is still sitting in my car.
I bend it back into it’s heart shape and hang it from my rearview mirror.
I pick up The Boy from school with my heart proudly hanging.
Mommy, you fixed it?! He asks in excitement.
Yep, son., I reply. (He thinks I’m a genius, I just know it)
Why did you hang it from your car? He continues.
Because you’re in love with me, I say.
I’m just a kid, I hear him grumble.
I know (I’m insistent to get this Boy to say he loves me)
But I want everyone to know that you love your mom.
You made it for me because you love me, I insist.
It was just my craft, he replies in irritation.
Because you love me right?!
It was just my craft.
I guess I’ll just take the heart.