Being Ready To Say Goodbye Doesn’t Mean It Is Easy

April 16, 2012

When the car pulled up and the young couple got out, I had almost forgotten.

“C’mon Hayden!  Let’s go show them the rocking chair!”

Being the good sport and instant friend-maker that he is, Hayden showed them the rocking chair, and since they loved that he assumed they’d love all of his stuff.  He began bringing out books and toys, holding them up without a word but with a glimmer in his eye and shy smile on his face.

When the husband began carrying the rocker, and then the matching ottoman, out to their car, Hayden’s expression went flat.

As we stood together on the front steps watching them load up our chair, I know we were both sharing the same memories.  And the same brief moment of sadness.

I knelt down close, and in an almost-whisper I said, “You’ve really outgrown that chair, haven’t you?”

He nodded, still watching our rocker being pushed further into their SUV.

“She has a baby inside her tummy- a baby boy!  So we are going to let them use the rocker, now.”

He paused, and with clarity in his voice and expression said, “I’ll bet he’s going to be just like me.”

“I hope so, Hayden.”


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7 Responses to Being Ready To Say Goodbye Doesn’t Mean It Is Easy

  1. Michelle Griffith on April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Sweet boy. Sweet Mama. This brought tears. Sweet read before bed. Yes, let’s hope there are more Haydens in the world.


  2. Ginger on April 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    So bittersweet. But let’s hope for more kids like Hayden.


  3. Elly Lou on April 17, 2012 at 2:44 am

    *swoon* perfectly written, love.


  4. Mandy on April 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Soooooo sweet. Got me a little verklempt.


  5. Alex@LateEnough on April 18, 2012 at 7:41 am



  6. Kir on April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    that…was…oh my goodness, that was gorgeous!

    what a sensitive, wonderful little boy Hayden is.



  7. Leigh Ann on May 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a sweet boy. 🙂


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