Love Pencil

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons, D Sharon Pruitt, Pink Sherbet Photography

If you ever think your children don’t notice little gestures, think again.

First grade open house was Monday evening and hubby had to work late so I headed down to the school after my dad came over to babysit Miss A and I had dropped Miss C off at soccer practice. Parents were milling about in the hallways, abuzz with talk of the new school year and catching up on summer vacations. I found Miss A’s classroom and sat down in her little metal chair at her desk as best as a grown woman can without banging up her knees. I listened to her teacher review the classroom handbook and then we were all instructed to write a note to our child to place on their desk for them to find the following morning.

I grabbed a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil and, inspired by the excitement of back to school and the promise of new beginnings, I printed in my best handwriting a simple note of love and encouragement to my girl. I told her how proud I was of her. I told her that first grade was going to be awesome. I told her how excited I was for her and how much she was going to learn this year. I told her she made my heart smile.

The next day I picked the girls up from school and as Miss A buckled her seatbelt she said, “Mommy I found your note today. Thank you.” She smiled at me from the backseat with pride. “And I call that pencil you wrote with my love pencil and all my friends call their pencil their love pencil now because when you’re at school and you’re missing your mom you can hold that pencil and kiss it and think of your mom and how much you love her.”

My heart? Was definitely smiling.


  1. Cheryl says:

    My heart too! My first grader starts school in a week. Will definitely remember this post on Back to School Night.

  2. Cathy B says:

    oh how sweet.. love it that many children really do appreciate love notes with their school bags or lunches!!

    just found your blogs today, and am following you on FB as well.

    cathy b
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  3. Laurie Harrison says:

    Your child not only was thinking how to cope for herself but shared it as well. She will go far with such an astounding imagination and the willingness to pass it around.

  4. Angela says:

    My mother used to leave notes in my lunchbox. It was so nice to read them…made me feel special..It was during elementary school and she would write in cursive. I thought I was a big girl because I could read it 🙂 Thanks for the memory!

  5. Michele says:

    That is so sweet!! She will always treasure those memories. My son is starting 4th grade and I am already planning my letter to him:)

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