There is nothing like listening to your child talk about things that make them happy, people in their lives, etc. Our neighbors had to move last December due to an unexpected job change. My son and their son grew very close and were very lucky to be in the same class. Every morning I would take them to the bus stop and after school and weekends they would rush to get some play time in. When my son found out that the family was moving he took it very hard.
I remember the night before Christmas Eve, the moving truck pulled into their driveway. The look on Hunter’s face was so heartbreaking. He ran up to his room and just stared out the window and cried. The days leading up to the move, he couldn’t look out the front door or window. I remember the morning when they had to say good-bye. I had to turn away because these two little boys were heartbroken about not being able to see each other every day.
Well today, Hunter got a special treat~our neighbors were in town and came to visit. The boys played and it was like no time has passed. The joy on their faces was just heartwarming. But then the good-bye had to happen again. They stood there and just looked at each other. They both didn’t want to say good-bye and didn’t know how to say good-bye. They wanted to hug but didn’t want to be “uncool”…they are boys you know. So after a few moments, they did a manly handshake which then turned into a manly yet the sweetest moment~ they hugged. It was a real hug filled with I am sure so many emotions. Then like true boys began to create a special handshake.
And although Hunter loved spending time with his friend, he went to bed crying. I love how this boy I am raising is a real boy but at the same time is not afraid to show his soft side. I hope this continues as he grows into a young man and eventually into a man. I love that he feels and shows what he is feeling without reservation. Yes, he saves it for when he is in the privacy of his own home but he is not embarrassed to feel emotions.