She was getting her backpack ready for school when, all of a sudden, she started sobbing. I mean heart - wrenching, horrible sobs. I was stunned. I couldn't imagine what was causing near hysteria.
When she placed this in my hands, I understood.
What you see before you is the souvenir that my husband and I brought home for her from India. It's a frog within a frog carved out of soapstone for our little amphibian lover. She adores it... enough to bring it to school for show & tell.
But then. She forgot about it. Left it in the front pocket of her backpack... unprotected and subject to the rough treatment that an eight - year old girl's backpack goes through daily.
She's devastated. I feel terrible for her.
But I'm hoping this experience will help her remember in the future to be careful with things that are important and fragile. That carelessness can be just as destructive as purposeful damage.
It's a lesson we could all stand to remember.