My 10 year old son was at basketball practice, waiting for the game to start. He had been hanging out with friends beforehand in the eating area. Two things happened.
1- He walked over to me (while we were in the eating area) and asked me to sit with him and his friends, so I “Wouldn’t be lonely”. I said “I’m fine honey, really”. Nope, he wouldn’t have it and made me come sit with him. And no, he is not shy. He is very social and popular.
2- during half time, a short 5 or 6 minutes when the other kids talk amongst themselves, he came up to the stands, gave me a hug and sat with me. Coach called him back down so sit with the team and said something like what are you doing? He must have said I miss her or something because he said “What?? You LIVE with her!” Everyone nearby just laughed, and my heart was just melted. It’s melted a lot.