A couple of weeks ago, I was heading out to work and the girls were staying home with Eric for the day. As I was about to leave, Ella got upset. She didn’t want me to go. So I stopped, talked to her for a couple of minutes, and explained why I needed to go to work. Then I asked if it would be easier if I gave her something special from my purse. She said “Ya, sure, okay, that would be fine.” (In this case, I wish I had a sound recording of how she says this sentence because a little something gets lost when it’s written down!)
I quickly rooted through my purse and found a business card that I’d picked up a shop and handed it to her. She smiled, placed it beside her placemat, and I got to leave without any tears being shed.
The next morning, as I was heading out again, Ella stopped me and asked for something special from my purse. I took a quick look to see what I had but couldn’t find anything, so I grabbed the notebook that I carry with me, tore out a page and wrote her this note.
Both of these things are still sitting by Ella’s spot at the table. She checks for them at every meal to make sure they are still there. To me, both of these things were little, but to her, it was something special from her mom. She told me the other day that she has these things because her mommy loves her, which melts my heart. Sometimes it pays to remember that it’s often the little things we do that matter the most.