While waiting in the halls for our Parent/Teacher Conference I was perusing artwork hanging on each classroom’s wall display. Some boards talked about springtime, some about bullying, some about being a good helper. But one in particular struck me.
The theme was “Playtime” and it was meant to show all the wonderful things kids can do with their parents aside from video games and television. The children cut paper in the shape of a foot to drive home the message of activity. Gardening, baseball, hiking, going to the park, walking the dog…these were some of the common messages shared by the 4th graders.
It was sweet.
Until I came across this footprint.
Does your heart not break for this child? I hope his or her mom sees this, assuming she shows for the conference, and feels every bit as guilty as she should.
No child should feel this way. Imagine reading all of the fun and exciting things all the other moms and dads are doing with their children only to feel neglected yourself? I just want to show up and take this kid out to the park. To feel that strongly to where you can’t even make something up to veil the loneliness? Heartbreaking.
My children will never have to feel this way. Sure, they feel we’re ignoring them if we don’t answer the call for a PB&J within 9 seconds of the request, but I know they’ll never feel like they were strangers in their home when they grow up.
Alas, the art exhibiting wasn’t all gloom and doom. The fine child below was all too happy to share the following on his classroom’s Happy-Go-Lucky “I’m a Bucket Filler Because…” display: