|Thank you, Old Navy circa 2005 - I DO <3 Mom!|
Happy Mother's Day!
In honor of the day we celebrate the women who birthed us, adopted us, fostered us, but above all, made room in their hearts for us, I bring to you, "Why my Mom is Special" as dictated by Slim.
The bold part was pre-printed on the sheet and the rest was filled out by his teachers verbatim. My thoughts follow in italics.
"My Mom is special because she gets me what I like." Hmm, so it appears his love language is gifts.
"I like it when my Mom buys things at night." Again with the buying stuff. And what does this even mean? Why at night? We seldom go out at night. Is that why it's special in his mind?
"My Mom is as pretty as a bug" A bug, huh? I asked what that meant to him. He clarified that I am lovely like a ladybug or monarch butterfly. I actually like that compliment!
"My Mom has a pretty smile! I like to make her smile by making a funny face." Now this one is true! I was starting to think I didn't know my kid anymore because I couldn't predict any of his answers. But this? This I recognize and live daily.
"My Mom is smart! She even knows how to twirl on two legs." I'm smart y'all - I bet you can't twirl on two legs!
I am the sole parent for two more weeks. This means I didn't get my number one Mother's Day wish, not to have to deal with anyone else's bodily functions or fluids. Next year, R. Of course, Curly will be done having accidents by then. But you can get the cat litter.
Without the book in front of me, this is only a paraphrase, but motherhood, to me, is perfectly encapsulated at the end of the first Olivia storybook, when Olivia's mom says, "you wear me out, but I love you anyway." My boys are joyous and kind and fascinating and loving ... except when they're not. Argus McFargus, they can be tough stuff. I reflected, this morning on the phone with R, how I think I'm a pretty good mother, so why aren't my sons, well, good-er? The answer I came to is that we get the kids who most need us as parents. Maybe, just maybe, they wouldn't flourish under any one else's care. I don't know. But it's reassuring nonetheless. At the end of the day, I still know I'm as pretty as a bug. Not everyone can say that.