I proceded to ask her if she was bringing her mom. "No, because my mom lives in Portland."
"Oh, then are you bringing your dad?"
As she responded with a shake of her head, my heart started to break.
She immediately grabbed me around the neck, climbed on my lap, and enveloped me in a great big hug.
Maybe what every child in this world needs, no matter what his/her age, is one more person cheering.