Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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My son started school a few weeks ago. Every morning for the first several days there was crying, clinging and a desire for “just one more hug.” And that was just me! After a while, most of the crying stopped even though my son continued to be less than enthused about this new adventure in his life. Many tears were shed as he expressed his fear and apprehension about this strange new circumstance called kindergarten. My wife and I didn’t always know what to say, but our presence, sometimes just a hug or a kiss, was enough to calm him down and give him the courage to soldier on.

It was a gift for me to be there with him. And despite my lack of parenting expertise, it was a great comfort to him to have my shoulder to cry on. One morning after one such less-than-happy drop-off at school, I wondered, “What about the children who don’t have anyone to hear them cry?” How terrible must it be for a child to cry in pain or fear and have no one pay even the slightest bit of attention to them?
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