When my own three daughters were very young, I read to them from a book called The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator) that was first published by Tanglewood Press in October of 1993. Chester Raccoon, the main character in the book, is soon entering school for the first time and has never been away from his mother. Chester’s Mother is compassionate and understands the separation Chester is worried about and in so doing says that she will give him a kiss in the palm of his hand each morning. She goes on to tell him that when he puts the palm to his cheek, he will be able to hear her whisper, “Mommy loves you!!” This gesture enables Chester to leave for school with a happy heart.
Now I have grandchildren, two little darlings, Ayden, 5, and Nadia, 4, who visit me quite regularly, as they only live a 15 minute drive from my home. I was fortunate to build a strong bond with them when they were babies, because for two years, their parents and they lived with me. So, now it is always a tug on the heart, when it is time to say goodbye and little Nadia’s tender heart sheds tears. I had to come up with a plan to soften the departure –it was equally as difficult for me. Then I remembered the book, The Kissing Hand.
So when it is time to leave, I accompany them to their car, and after they are safely buckled in, I gently take their hand, and give each of them a kiss in their palm and press it to their cheek, telling them I am always with them –and if they miss me, just to press their palm to their cheek and a light will go on in my heart, telling me, and I will whisper “I love you” to them in the air, with the wind carrying it back to them!
One day as they were about to leave, and as I approached the door, little Nadia grabbed both of my hands, and kissed them each in their palm, pressing my hands firmly to my cheeks, saying, “Don’t forget, Nanny!” Nadia is so brilliant — as we all have brilliant grandchildren who gladden our hearts!
I was so touched by her love crystal gesture!
Today, Nadia created a new little ritual on her own. She said upon her departure, “Nanny, I have an idea! When you miss me at nighttime, look up at the moon, and say, ‘See you at the moon!’ and when it is daytime, say ‘See you in the sky!’ because we can’t look at the Sun, as it is too bright to look into!” She had the most beautiful smile on her face! I was filled with so much love!
We are so blessed, to give each other love crystals to help us on our journey…