Hank: (screaming) But I don’t want to go to school. I don’t like school. They make me do work and it is too hard.
Me: Now that isn’t true. You love school. What is really making you sad?
Hank: I am scared.
Me: You are? What happens? How do you know?
Hank: I get jumps in my mouth.
Me: Oh it’s a case of the jumps? Huh. That is completely acceptable. You know adults call jumps, nerves. You are nervous. Nervous is your body’s way of telling you that you are a tiny bit scared and should be careful. Every kid in you class gets the jumps. Who in your class cries when their parents leave?
Hank: Marta and Louis
Me: Yup, they got a bad case of the jumps and that’s ok, but do they get better? Do they stop crying and have fun?
Me: So will you.
Hank: But I don’t want to leave you. I miss you at school.
Me: Oh baby. That’s good. Missing me means you love me and I am always there to pick you up. Now… It is getting late and Pai is holding the elevator.
Hank: But my jumps are really bad.
Me: You know the best thing for jumps? The best medicine? Being brave. You get brave while walking to school. I use to walk to school so I know this! Focus only on the walk and the sky and the trees and the birds and the cars and the smells from the cafés. When you do this you forget about your jumps and become brave. If you practice this every day soon you will have no more jumps. Trust me. I had jumps very bad when I was little and I practiced and practiced walking to school and my jumps went away and then I was very brave.
Hank: (sniff, sniff)
Me: Some things take time and are not easy, but those are the best things we can do for ourselves. (kiss)