Who doesn’t need a handwritten hug to get through the day?

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I was one of the lucky kids with a mom who always made her school lunch. Of course, like most cherished children, I had no idea this wasn’t the case for everyone. It wasn’t until later in life when I heard friends’ stories of sad peanut butter and jelly sandwiches thrown together while running after the bus that I realized the level of pampering in my mother’s morning routine. Honestly, the only responsibility on my plate was remembering to grab that brown bag off the table (you better believe I still forgot it).

Don’t get me wrong. These weren’t gourmet meals by any means. Looking back, though, the level of care packed in those ziplocks was astounding, especially for a mom who admittedly isn’t a morning person. The types of sandwiches and sliced fruit were always on rotation and organized per each kid’s preferences, but there was always one constant – the handwritten note.

No matter how rushed the morning, I can’t remember a single school lunch that wasn’t packed with a napkin note from mom. On scattered school days when paper napkins were out of stock, you better believe you could spot my mom’s handwriting on the outside of that brown bag. From a day-specific “Hope you aced the test!” to a simple “I love you!” she was reliable. I may not have fessed up to it at the time, but I wasn’t really embarrassed by it either. I think my brothers would be willing to admit the same. Who doesn’t need a handwritten hug to get through the day?

These days, my mom’s little love notes have taken on a new form. The years of school lunches are long gone, but her sticky note game is still strong. Sure, it may be a boring piece of paperwork she needed to mail my way, but you better believe that envelope contains a sticky note with a smiley face and “Love you!” To my husband’s dismay, I often find these hard to throw away. I’m not a hoarder of many things, but take a peek at my desk and you’re sure to find a beloved pile of pink and yellow stickies.

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So, if you’re a mom in the trenches who thinks her little touches are going without notice, stay strong. Your kids are sure to look back on it with a smile someday