Kieran was upset those first few weeks in his new home and school. I brought him out a little early so I wouldn’t be living in our new home alone. Liam (with my husband and Mea) waited until PSSAs (state tests) were finished. As a first grader, Kieran didn’t take them.
One night, Kieran was talking about the things he was missing about first grade at his old school. In a quiet voice he shared, “Mom, I never got to finish hearing the book we were reading aloud in class. Could we get it and finish it?”
It was Cynthia Rylant’s Gooseberry Park.
I ordered it right away.
We pass the time until we would be a whole family again reading a chapter each night. We looked forward to what would happen next in the book.
It was a healing ritual that brought a bit of closure to what Kieran was going through.
It helped him feel connected to the friends he left behind.
It made his new home feel more comfortable.