Going from a household with children to a house with no children can be quite a shock. It’s something that almost every parent will face at one point.
Some may rejoice, while others may not be as celebratory as their child leaves the nest.
Cheryl Boxer, a mother of two, found herself missing her son after she dropped him at the train for his second semester of his freshman year of college. She missed his presence.
Back at home, she started going about her business in her house and noticed something—while her son might not have been physically present he had left behind something to make sure he wouldn’t be forgotten.
Boxer discovered something special after she dropped her son off at the train station.
“I missed his chatter, his guitar music and video games,” Boxer wrote. “Every corner of the house felt barren in his absence.”
But then she found a note her son had left behind. “Have a nice bath,” one read.
He left his mother a note on her bath tub.
Most of the notes were short and sweet, telling her to have a nice day or commenting on her beauty. Boxer appreciated each and every one.
“Finding these notes has made me so happy. And I keep finding more,” she wrote. “Each note I find I’m afraid is the last, but then I find another.”
Her son left notes in everyplace he knew his mother would find them, even in the coffeemaker.
In an interview with Babble, Boxer said that this isn’t the first time her son left behind little notes for someone to find. When he was around seven years old he’d leave his grandmother similar notes.
“He still leaves her notes when he visits,” she said. “She never throws them out, and some remain in the exact place she found them.”
Little did her son know that she had left him a note as well.
Later, when her son called she asked him why he left the notes. His response? He didn’t want her to forget him. Aww.
Then she revealed her own little secret. She had left her son a note too.
“I assume by now he has found the note I left inside the dinner I packed for him. ‘Be careful and I love you.’ Because I don’t want him to forget me either.”