“Mama Bear” makes her appearance

I had one of those moments yesterday morning.

You know the one.

Mama Bear protecting her Bear Cub.

It took everything I had not to rant in front of my two boys about how poorly planned their school open house was.

See the classroom. √

Walk the halls. √

Find the restroom. √

Tour the gym, library, and cafeteria. √

Review the routine for the first day of school. √

Meet the teacher. √

That is kind of important, don’t you think?

Only some of the teachers were there. By Choice. It was not required they be there.

My two boys: New Students. New School. Don’t Know Anyone. Hoping to Greet their New Teachers one time before the first day of school.

I don’t think that is too much to ask.

Daddy and I get to meet them tonight at Parent Open House. But the kids are not invited.

Umm…We are talking a first and third grader here.

I could see the disappointment on their faces. Heads that were first held high eager for that first meeting, were now cast down off sagging shoulders.

That is when I felt it.

Haunches rising.

Claws extending.

Tongue sharpening.

I was ready to let the sweet, kind, soft-spoken Guidance Counselor have it. Maybe that is why they sent her.

My two boys were standing right there. It hasn’t been too long ago that I was in their shoes and holding my breath that my mom wouldn’t say anything that would embarrass me.

I backed off.

Letting go. It is so hard. Trusting other adults to care for my children, to protect them, to make them feel welcome.

I bow my head in prayer.

LORD, I lift up these two blessings to you. Here you go. They are yours. You have gifted me with the joy of raising them, but I need your help. I can’t do this parenting thing without you. I mess up everyday. And, for that I am deeply sorry. Please forgive me.

I pray for their teachers today as they are preparing a place for them in their classrooms and in their hearts. May their time at school be filled with joy in learning and security in knowing it is a safe place for making new and lasting friends.

As I prepare my heart for letting them go this new school year, may you give me comfort and peace. Amen.

newly purposed, 


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