This particular day started out as any other. He was very cooperative in the morning, got dressed, brushed his teeth, and was ready to go to school. His school was on the other side of town, and I now drove him everyday. He used to take the bus, but I ended that after a brief discussion with his bus driver( more on that in a future post). So, we loaded up the car, and off we went.
Each morning, I would walk Mikey into school and wait for one of his teachers/ aides to come and meet him. He willingly went with his teacher, waved goodbye, and he and I parted ways.
After dropping him off at school, I went home. I was busy taking care of the usual household chores, you know, the never ending mountain of laundry that comes along with a large family, when my phone rang. It was Mikey's principal. She never called me, so I was quite surprised to hear from her.
She asked me if I could possibly come back up to the school immediately and get Mikey. I asked what was wrong, and she went on to explain that he had been in school a short while, and he completely broke down. Hysterical. He was sobbing uncontrollably, and they could not figure out why. I assured her that I would be there in a few minutes, and raced out to my car.
While driving to the school,my mind raced. What had happened after I left him? Was he sick? Was he in pain? He had been so happy this morning....what changed? I pulled up to the school and raced inside. The principal was there to meet me, and she told me that he was just sobbing and seemed inconsolable. She escorted me down the hallway toward his classroom. Before we reached the room, Mikey, his teacher and the school psychologist turned the corner. I could see how sad he was, and my heart broke. He did not see me at first, as he was too distraught. When our eyes did meet, he took a few deep breaths, and his sobbing stopped. Just like that it was over. I kneeled down and held out my arms, and he ran into them. He squeezed me and just breathed in my ear, but no more crying. I assured him that I was going to take him home with me, and that whatever he had been upset about, he was now safe with me.
The school psychologist appeared confused. She told me that when they asked him what he needed he responded on his communication device that he wanted to go home. She could not get over how his hysterical sobs ceased the moment he laid eyes on me. How could he appear so distraught one moment, and then so calm and relieved the next? I explained to her that perhaps he just needed to be with me today, for whatever reason, he felt the need to be with his mom. She agreed, and told me that he quickly responded when asked if he wanted to go home. He needed me, and I was so happy to be there for him.
You see, everyone has bad days now and again. Some of us long for a day off from work, others long to crawl back under the covers and go to sleep. That day, Mikey just needed me. We thanked the ladies, and left the building. When we got back into our car, I looked at him and said" what happened Mikey? Did you miss me that much?" He just laughed, and my heart swelled. We were going back home......just me and my boy.