The story changed meaning as I wrote it - writing in a pandemic
ONE DAY THINGS WERE FAMILIAR
I started writing this story when schools and parks were full. Hugs were not scary and hello was not a thumbs up from 6 ft away. Before the pandemic, life was buzzy and my son would see and meet new faces daily. Hi to the postman, chats in the grocery store, meeting old and new friends in the park. Every day was a chance for my son to practice being a friendly approachable member of society.
I was writing a story, a story about saying "hi" on the first day of school. Words on a page that would hopefully help him and other children find that courage when they are dropped him off on his first day of school.
THEN THINGS CHANGED