I was tired and rushed, so the workmanship is far from spectacular. Despite their imperfections, these tangible symbols of my love for Madeleine satisfied an important need for both of us.
Madeleine's world is rapidly expanding. There is a new school with the potential for lots of new friends and wonderful experiences.There is also a fair bit of anxiety about how it will all work, away from the protection of the classroom, teachers and friends she has known for half of her life. This handful of love and a reassuring letter from her Mum and Dad, tucked in her school bag helped ease the stress for her on her first day of orientation.
For me, I know that Madeleine's world is becoming more and more separate from mine. I will have to satisfy myself with hearing about her new school life rather than being there to share it with her. Each stitch in these hearts and kisses is filled with my love. I feel like a little bit of me will travel with her on her adventures at school. And if she is ever feeling lost and lonely I hope she will remember her handful of love and find some reassurance by holding it close.