Not long ago, well not that long ago but long ago enough, I remember people making promises.

“Sure I’m coming to school to see your painting.”

“Oh I’m sorry but I had to work late.”

” I’m definitely going to be there next time.”

The list goes on and on. So when I became old enough to decide about making a promise I thought long and hard about it. That look of disappointment on a child’s face, the sadness in their voice and slumped shoulders isn’t worth letting them down. So I learned not to promise. I did show up for things they were doing in school, for the PTA meetings, the school board discussions, the field trips, the games and just to stop by to let them know I missed them.

So not so long ago, but just long enough ago, I promises I wouldn’t promise. But I do know how to show up.