Why don’t you cry anymore, student of mine?
You looked so scared that first day of school.
I didn’t know how to help you.
So I started with a side hug and
I told you how glad I am that you are in our class.
When you wouldn’t talk to me or join the group,
I knew you needed time to learn to trust me, to trust us.
You didn’t smile
When I shared about my family
And my fascination with funny cat videos.
You did smile
When I held your hand on the slide.
You started to feel better after you made a friend
And then another.
I told you about all the good things you were doing.
I ignored many of the other things you did,
Because I know you behave that way
For a reason.
You didn’t cry the second day.
And by the third day,
You looked up at me,
Your grin going from ear to ear,
And handed me a note.
It said, “I love you.”
I think that means that
You know that
I love you too.