My Most Important Daily Writing Assignment

I write all day and have for as long as I can remember. Some of it is for pay, but I journal every day as well and take an insane amount of notes about everything.

But the most important thing I write all day happens around 5:30am when I'm packing my son's lunch. Every day I write a new note for him. At 5-years old, he's as sensitive as I was at his age...extremely. A little pick-me-up half-way through the day makes a real difference.

He returns the notes to me at the end of the day. I photograph the ones that survive every week.

He returns the notes to me at the end of the day. I photograph the ones that survive every week.

I tell him our dog wrote his notes (thus the paw prints). He plays along, but reminds me dogs can't write notes.

I tell him our dog wrote his notes (thus the paw prints). He plays along, but reminds me dogs can't write notes.

The funniest thing about it is how much I stress about making each day's note different and positive for him. But when it's done, it feels like I can take on the writing day with some momentum. It's so strange that such a little thing can carry so much emotional meaning and have such a impact on the rest of both our days.