During every school pickup, there’s an interaction that punches me in the feels every damn time.
Sure, the kids walking toward me with massive smiles feels good, and I’ll never take those seconds for granted, but there’s an even better moment that doesn’t involve me.
Here’s the pickup process – there are three designated pickup times every day. My kids are the second pickup time. All of the 2:35 cars roll into the parking lot like the world’s most lackluster parade, park, and wait. The kids wander out of school and stand at the opposite end of the lot.
On the first day of school, each kid is instructed to stand on a different star painted on the blacktop. My kids stand about three hundred feet apart and wait. The principal and other school administrators wait for the late additions in the parade to enter the lot, give the high sign, and all the kids can leave their spot and meet up with their parents.
The principal releases the kids, and every day, without fail, instead of walking to meet me, my daughter walks across the parking lot to meet her brother.
Punched. In the feels. Every damn time.
I’m too far to hear what they say, but there’s always an exchange of words. I’m sure it’s something like “What’s up, butthead?” or “Give me some of that snack, or I’m telling dad you used all his contact solution to make slime,” or whatever kids talk about when parents aren’t around. That feeling of love overcomes me every time I see them during pickup. I hope they feel the same way seeing one another at the end of every school day.
Knowing this would bring tears to my eyes, which would be incredibly helpful since I’m out of goddamn contact solution, and my dry lenses are irritating the crap out of my eyeballs.
NOTES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
- Note #812 – Preparation
- Note #811 – High Noon
- Note #810 – Asylum
- Note #809 – Impasse
- Note #808 – Clinging
- Note #807 – Recognized
STUFF I DID ON INSTAGRAM THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
STUFF I DID ON TIKTOK THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
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