She unzips her pink Hannah Montana backpack and carefully pulls out the treasure - a lopsided, glazed pot with a single word painted on the side.
She feels her heart start to beat faster as she gazes lovingly at the pot.
For a moment, she closes her eyes, slowly breathes in the summer afternoon air and listens to the birds singing.
She imagines what her Mommy will think when she sees this wonderful treasure that she has created for her.
She pictures being swooped up, being covered with kisses and Mommy telling her how much she loves her.
A single tear rolls down her cheek as the little girl gently places the treasure along with a handful of dandelions on the grave.
I made this for you today in school.
I miss you Mommy.
She then grabs her Daddy’s hand and walks slowly back to the car.
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