I Miss My Mom

“I miss my mommy” she whimpered, looking up with sad blue eyes peeking above her pink kitten mask. I could see the tears starting to form. They were due to burst in any moment.

What brought this on? Was it the reminder from the rainbow unicorn slap bracelet her mom got her? Perhaps a case of the Monday blues? Maybe it was because I didn’t ask her what she was going to do for lunch as soon as she walked in the room today…

I watched as she adjusted her mask over her nose and tucked her brown hair behind her ear.

Maybe it was the thought of her mom brushing her hair this morning… Did her sweatshirt smell like her perfume lingering from one more hug before their goodbye before school?

She sniffled and lowered her head, followed by her shoulders. A lump of sadness was standing in front of me- sweet and innocent sadness.

Was it a glimpse in the mirror of her mom’s eyes staring back at her? Or maybe… there didn’t need to be a reason at all.

I crouched down to her level, placing my hands on my knees. I waited until her eyes met mine. I whispered, “I miss my mom, too.”

Slice of LIfe

Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by.

10 comments

  1. The perfect response. She is seen and heard and felt. My favorite lines: “Was it a glimpse in the mirror of her mom’s eyes staring back at her? Or maybe… there didn’t need to be a reason at all.” I miss my mom, too.

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  2. I really felt this slice, as a mom and a teacher (and a daughter who loves her mom!) I felt like you really captured so much of what might be missed about a mom. I hope the day got better for your little student- I’m sure she felt your care and concern.

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  3. Thank you. I miss my mom, too. She’s in California and she received the vaccine. I haven’t seen her since last February. I can’t wait to get out there to her. Thanks so much for this Slice. Also, I think you’re an amazing writer. I could easily visualize everything you described. This is a talent you have. Thanks again!

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  4. I love how you captured all these different “little things” that might have reminded her of her mom. Such a simple and sweet interaction and yet there was so much here. You had me tearing up at the end! What a lovely response and way to end it.

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  5. “Maybe there didn’t need to be a reason at all.” My reason for stopping by was the tag – “I miss my mom”, which I do, now, and sharing company with you and your student is comforting! Thanks for the post!

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