Dear Fellow PTO Mom,
We don’t know each other that well, but yesterday you saw me. I was struggling to walk in the door of the school to pick up my kid. You said hello, and I tried to be okay. I waited for Ms. Perfect to step in. I’m the president of the PTO, afterall. Ms. Perfect should have stepped in to preserve the image of having it all together. But she didn’t. So I looked at you, and tried to smile and said hi back. You asked me if I was okay, was something wrong? The tears broke free then, and you grabbed my hand in solidarity after handing me a tissue and we walked into school together. You helped my kid get her things together, because somehow you knew it was all I could do to keep the tears at bay. You saw me.
Later, you sent me a message, suggesting we have a drink together via video chat while we made our dishes for school potluck. I agreed, figuring you would forget. But you didn’t forget. You would called me after the kids were in bed. We had a drink and did some baking together. Most important we chatted about nothing but I felt less alone than I had all day. Thank you for reaching out and caring. Thank you for seeing me.
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How beautiful. Hopefully you are able to share this with PTO Mom. Sounds like a healthy friendship could grow from this. You deserve it.
I did tell her it meant a lot to me and that it helped me get through a very difficult day. 💕
I love people who are so gifted at seeing others
Me, too. I feel so lucky to have found a school for Kat this is full of people like this. It really is a wonderful community. 💟
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How lovely and tender, and what a good way to be with someone when you can’t physically be there. I want to remember this and offer it to others…
I know! I thought that was such a smart idea. It really saved me that night. I hope I can remember this and have the opportunity to “pay it forward”. 💟