School is something that every child and young adult has to endure. While some embrace the educational journey, others are not so keen to be confined to a classroom on a regular basis. Writer Liz Petrone, who is also a mother of four, recently wrote on her Facebook page about how her youngest child was struggling with anxiety about school.
The mother from New York wrote on her Facebook page: ‘the anxiety has been strong with the littlest lately. I don’t know why.’ Liz then spoke of the time she watched the school bus pull away as her youngest son burst into tears by his seat in the window.
She wrote: ‘I watched him start to cry through the bus window as they pulled away the other morning, his face changing at first imperceptible like the seasons and then crumpling into a big rush of sloppy tears, and the bus was mostly gone before I could do anything. And yet still I tried, standing out in the middle of the road with my hands reaching towards him even as the big yellow box rounded the corner and drifted from sight.’
So the next morning Liz decided to wait for the school bus with her son. She said that while they were there she took out a pen, and ‘kissed the blue of his veins where the blood we share flows through his veins and drew this heart.’ As the bus pulled up to take her son to school Liz reminded him that he should look at the little blue heart on his wrist every time it got tough out there.
She told him: ‘I know it’s hard sometimes out there. I want you to look at this heart every time it feels like too much. I want you to look, and I want you to remember that no matter what happens out there someone is here waiting for you to come home. Someone loves you.’
The loving mother then watched as her son stepped onto the bus and took his seat by the window. As Liz was waiting for a wave goodbye or at the very least a glance back from her son, she received nothing instead. She wrote: ‘I watched this time as his face appeared in the window. I waited for him to see me, to smile or wave or even to cry, but he never even looked at me. Instead, he looked at his wrist.’
She went on to say that in a world where everything can be so uncertain and tumultuous at times, it is important to remember that there is love and with that, there is comfort. The heartwarming story soon went viral with many people complimenting the way Liz handled her son’s anxiety. One person wrote: ‘this is amazing….share it as far as it will go.’
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