...to write some simple words to someone you love...
...to place inside their lunchbox so that later in the day...
...your child will read what you wrote in that moment you thought you didn't have...
...on that morning you were crazy busy like always.
When my children were small I bet I wrote 100 notes and put them in their lunchboxes. And sometimes when they would come home from school they would remember to tell me they got the note...but mostly I just wrote it and I never had the pleasure of seeing their faces when they read them.
Yesterday morning I was driving our youngest Granddaughter to pre-school and she was quite busy in the backseat sifting through her backpack and chattering away about nothing and everything.
She suddenly let out a high-pitched scream of excitement.
Alarmed, I immediately looked into the rear view mirror and there she was holding a little piece of paper.
"Morgan, are you OK? Are you hurt?" I said.
Our eyes met in the rear view mirror and this beautiful, little girl was absolutely glowing in excitement. She had the most amazed smile on her face.
"Oh, Grandma," she breathed, "I have a note in my lunchbox." Her eyes never left the little slip of paper held carefully like a treasure in her hand.
"Oh Mo, how neat!" I replied, "Do you want me to read it to you?"
"Grandma, I can read it!" she said with great reverence in her voice. Her lips moved and moved and finally she 'read', "Morgan, I love you! Mommy." And then she held that little slip of paper to her heart for a brief second.
It doesn't sound like much does it? It doesn't seem that finding those random seconds in those last minutes before they head off to school matters, does it? Or that taking the extra few seconds to send them off with a hug and a smile can really make a difference.
But yesterday I saw what happens in the AFTER of those few seconds.
And it is totally worth it.
While you may never get to see their face when they open that note you penned, I was lucky enough to see how one little girl reacted. I suspect all children react pretty much the same.
And it humbled me.
I am amazed how just a few seconds can define a day.
And how it is always and forever totally worth it.