If you see a child with a heart drawn on their wrist, this is what it means

People tend to post the best parts of their lives on social media, often ignoring “real life”. This can create unnecessary pressure for everyone that already lives a stressful life. Winter can be a tough season for many people, and that’s precisely why this story of a mother and her son has become so popular — and so important to share.

A mom recently uploaded a picture to Facebook that has quickly spread. In the photo, you can see a small heart painted on a small wrist. It represents Liz Petrone’s son who struggles with anxiety. Liz shared the following in the post:

“Maybe it’s the way the seasons shift, a little at a time so slowly until it’s not slow at all anymore and it’s become cold so fast that you swear you inhaled the warm air of early fall and you exhaled in a foggy smoke of breath into the holidays.”

She continues:

“Or maybe it’s just that he’s been asking me every single morning since he started school in September: ‘Mommy, is today Christmas?’ and forever I’d just laugh and say ‘oh no baby, we have a ways to go,’ except now that’s not so true anymore and the anticipation is so much I think he might spontaneously combust.”

Liz said that her son was crying that morning when the school bus picked him up. She tried to comfort him and placed her hands against the bus window before it left. The next morning, as they sat together at the bus stop, she took a pen out of her pocket.

“I grabbed his wrist, kissed the blue of his veins where the blood we share flows through his veins, and drew this heart.”

Liz Petrone/Facebook

“I know it’s hard sometimes out there,” she told her son as the bus approached the stop.

“I want you to look at this heart every time it feels like too much. I want you to look, and I want you to remember that no matter what happens out there someone is here waiting for you to come home. Someone loves you.”

The bus stopped. The little boy crossed the road and climbed onto the bus.

“I waited for him to see me, to smile or wave or even to cry, but he never even looked at me. Instead, he looked at his wrist.  know it’s hard out there a lot of the time for a lot of us. I know the holidays can amplify that and so can the cold and so can the dark. I do. But maybe what we all need to remember is just that simple. Maybe it’s not a fix, not by a long shot, but it’s a comfort just the same, and comfort can go a long way when you know someone loves you.”


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