A mother’s heartfelt Facebook post, in which she shared the story of drawing a heart on her young son’s wrist, captured the attention of the online world.
Liz Petrone penned her feelings about her son, shedding light on his unexplained anxiety. She eloquently described the subtle transition of seasons, how they shift gradually until suddenly, it’s cold, and the warm breath of early fall transforms into a frosty exhale amidst the holiday season.
She also mentioned her son’s daily question since starting school in September: “Mommy, is today Christmas?” The anticipation had grown so intense that it felt like he might spontaneously combust.
One day, as her son’s school bus departed from the stop, he cried. Liz tried to console him from outside the bus, extending her hands toward him as it drove away.
The following morning, they both sat at the bus stop. Liz retrieved a pen from her coat pocket, grasped her son’s wrist, kissed the blue veins through which their shared blood flowed, and drew a heart.
“I know it’s tough out there,” she told him as the bus arrived. “I want you to glance at this heart whenever it feels overwhelming. I want you to look, and remember that no matter what happens out there, someone is eagerly awaiting your return. Someone loves you.” Her son crossed the road, boarded the bus, and this time, Liz watched his face appear in the window.
She waited, expecting him to see her, smile, wave, or perhaps even shed a tear, but he didn’t. Instead, he gazed at his wrist. Liz acknowledged that life can be challenging for many, particularly during the holidays, amid the cold and darkness. Nevertheless, she believed that sometimes, the most important thing to remember is this simplicity—a gesture that may not solve everything but offers profound comfort, and that comfort can be immensely reassuring when you know someone loves you.
The post swiftly went viral, with numerous individuals praising the mother’s touching way of comforting her son during their separations.
“This is incredible… Share it far and wide,” commented one Facebook reader.
“Beautiful! Such a wonderful idea,” remarked another.
“What a great mom! Heartwarming story,” added someone else.