I saw something beautiful today at Little Man’s preschool. As I was picking him up, I noticed that there was a mom greeting her little boy. I didn’t think anything of it until I noticed Mrs. J. taking a picture.
So I look closer at the mom and I notice that she’s wearing desert BDU’s. Mrs. J. said to me, “She just got home today, just now in fact.”
This cute little blonde boy, one of Little Man’s classmates, is seeing his mom for the first time in a long time. The little boy’s twin sister didn’t know yet. She was still washing her hands in the bathroom. I never saw the boy’s expression when he noticed his mom there, but I can tell you that he didn’t leave her embrace. She crouched there with her arms wrapped around him whispering things only he could hear.
Then his sister came out of the bathroom.
You know how young children, older two’s specifically, sometimes take a few seconds to register what they’re seeing? It’s like you can watch their thought process in slow motion across their little faces. This was her reaction. She stared across the room at her mom then recognition flashed across her face.
Then her face completely changed and it glowed. She excitedly tip-toe walked to her mom and wrapped herself around her, sharing the space with her brother as they’ve done all their lives.
Believe it or not, I never saw a tear from the mom or the dad, standing quietly to the side. It was almost like they were in their own little world completely oblivious to all of us outsiders. But I do believe that everyone else in the room got a little choked up. I couldn’t stop smiling. See, I’ve been a part of that kind of homecoming before but to watch it from the outside, it truly is a sight to behold.