the trail of tears.



it was

a wonderful morning

filled with skating

and sliding

and parents

and teachers


and tumbles

and laughter

and happy screams

were heard


most of all


just having fun

and sharing the day



after the mad fun

it was

 time to warm up

and enjoy treats

and then


some of the little ones

began to realize

 that parents

had to

head back to work

or home

and a bit of worry

set in


as we said goodbye

and hiked back

towards school

the tears flowed

and the wails were heard

and some



and weeping

and clinging

as if

parting forever

and it was



so full of love.


ever has it been that love knows not its own depth

until the hour of separation.

– khalil gibran

image credits: jkurtz

45 responses »

  1. This post is excellent Beth. It gives a glmmer into human psychology that would be best not ignored in adult relationships as well. I can recall a very strong friendship I had with a female colleague. It was not, nor did I really wish it to be, a romantic relationship, and I’m sure she felt the same way. However it was likely the strongest non- romantic attraction that I’ve experienced. I had to move away after about 2 years and in the last two weeks she became very passive agressive – not a trait I had ever seen in her before. And she refused to say good-bye. I worried about that many times since and even at the time confronted her with her actions and she denied any change in attitude. It was years later when speaking of it with a friend trained in psychology that he quite assuredly told me that it was separation anxiety. Since then i have paid attention and find it noticeable in many relationships that are undergoing a change from enjoyable to another lesser level – be it one person leaving or a change in activities – like a close team beaking up. It seems to be a “healthy” response to an emotional investment being discontinued. It indicates- after the fact – the level of emotional investment. To my mind it is also the root of Stockholme syndrome.

    Anyway, this appears to be the same effect the children are experiencing and it clearly indicates the high level of shared enjoyment that they had experienced – at a childs level the ending of a day would be as anxious as an adult ending a relationship.

    Great post Beth. Thank You.

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  2. Beth, i remember this skating ‘classroom episode’ last year and loved this year’s photos and new message, too. The Khalil Gibran quote fit this parting so well. Shakespeare’s “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” is one of my Mom’s favorites for this separation between loved ones!

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