I excitedly grabbed your hand
gently pulling you away from the crowd
eager to hear your stories;
your travels around the world.
As I asked you about each country you visited,
your eyes lit up and the corners of your mouth were upturned
ready to share every detail with an inquiring mind.
As your mother called you over,
“We’re leaving now!”
Tears filled up my eyes and I asked,
“When will I see you again?”
As we stood up for an embrace
we exchanged sad smiles.
Before I walked away, I mouthed
“I’ll miss you.”
Wherever you are now
please be safe
and be assured that you will always
have a special place in my heart.