Oh my dear bear…
Please. Pleasepleaseplease take these words you find so easily for others and remember that they are true for you and the boy as well. You are chosen, and so important; the perfect mom for him. And he has had a rough go of it. It isn’t a coincidence that his mama is the ultimate mama bear. Where would he be with someone weaker than you?
You underestimate yourself.
And also, thank you for taking Emily through this journey. Self-discovery is scary, and painful. Realizing for the first time that you are part of this mess, when all you ever wanted to do was be part of the solution but you didn’t know how, can rock someone’s faith hard. And teaching is always hard. I quit after only a couple of years. Teaching in this political climate has to be almost impossible.
I couldn’t tell really how the exchange turned out, but thank you either way.