"Mommy! I have been looking everywhere for you, and I thought you left me!"
He was on the verge of tears as he found me in the Target aisle. I was not far, I had my eye on him, and he had been safe. He just didn't know those three things were true.
I got down on his level, the only way to truly make eye contact and a direct point. "Buddy, listen to me. I will never, ever, ever leave you. When you go anywhere with me, you can know for sure that I will bring you back home with me. I will never leave you."
His brother tapped me on my shoulder. He leaned in close, whispering in my ear, "Mommy, I do have to tell you: I'm planning to go to college."