Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

A Letter to Our Son

Mom and Son Johnathon Swanson

Jonathan Swanson

My son's preschool asked each family for water, a light stick, a blanket, and a letter for their child in case of an emergency. It was very hard for me to write that letter, but I eventually did it. If your child care or school doesn't ask for one, try talking with the teacher. Maybe you can lead the way.

Dear F,

When you were just learning to talk, you used to say "kokay" instead of "okay." I really liked it. That extra k at the beginning of the word was all yours. You came up with it and continued it until you were almost 2? years old. It was funny and adorable; you were the only little boy in the world I know who said it like that. In a whole school of children, I could have heard your "kokay" from across the room.

Today you say "okay." Say it now, F. You're okay.

Today is a funny day, but we are with you. Next to you, holding your hand, whispering into your ear and squeezing your fingertips. Nose to nose. You may not see me right now, but I'm with you. Just like the Llama Llama book says, even when I feel far from you, Mama is always near.

Mommy and Daddy will be with you soon. We'll smile, hug you, and squeeze you tight. You and O and Daddy and Mommy will have so many more journeys. You're going to have to hold on tight!

Be a brave boy until we see you. Help your friends. Listen to your teachers. Give big hugs. Be kind and sweet.

I know you'll be kokay.

We love you more than the moon, the sun, and all the water in the ocean. See you soon, Lovie.

Love, love, love,
Mommy and Daddy

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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