they were all lined up
by the door.
backpacks on, stuffed to the brim.
one of them turned around and asked, "Can we give you a hug?"
and with that
one piled on,
arms reached around as big as can be,
forming a giant unbreakable ring around me.
i couldn't get out if i wanted to,
nearly toppling over with affection.
moments into that enormous hug one of my boys,
called out.. .
"I love you."
and then just smiled at me.
no one responded with a laugh, or even the slightest comment.
it was as if, it was the most normal thing he could have said to his teacher. .. .
today was, for so many reasons, an extremely hard day.
i opened my eyes,
and dreaded lifting my legs to stand up out of bed.
cried on my way to work.. .
sweat like a beast throughout the day
and, i think, unfortunately, for those around me,
it was not the best day to wear my natural deodorant.
that "I love you " though, was my normal day's special.