Redemption of an Awkward Day

Yesterday I posted about how awkward Mother's Day can be. Today I am delighted to say that I had a very UN awkward Mother's Day! My daughter (who is 10) was as easy going and natural as could be and came in while I was posting to give me a handmade gift of a little pot of flowers that I will take to my office. While I was getting a cup of coffee before we were going to leave for church, my 13 year old son came in and gave me a gift. A beautiful scarf (thin so I wouldn't get too hot - he knows me well) that he had obtained beknownst to his father. I was able to put together an outfit for church in about two minutes that it would work with well. He said I didn't have to change clothes, but it pleased me to do so and I think it did him somewhere deep inside. I called out goodbye to my 17 year old son and left for church. During the morning prayer I saw something move out of the corner of my eye - my eldest son had shown up (he attends a different church) and came to sit right beside me. He even put his arm around me occasionally. I can't explain how that makes a mother feel, to have her son acknowledge her in a public place with a gesture of love and possession. I am blessed to have two sons who are affection in public, but it seemed to be especially poignant on Mother's Day. Especially since I had not asked him to come to church with us. Anyway, we came home afterwards where my husband and kids had made plans to prepare lunch for us (my mother-in-law and I). It was wonderful to watch them bustle around us doing all the "stuff". My two sons prepared a "gift" for Grandma and myself. I share it below. This wisdom was gleaned from things we have both said and they have heard in various places. Enjoy!

10 Things our Mother Taught Us - May 9, 2010

  1. Anticipation - "Just wait till your father gets home."

  2. Receiving - "You're going to get it when we get home."

  3. Logic - "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you won't be able to come to the store with me."

  4. Humor - "When the lawnmower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

  5. Genetics - "You're just like your father."

  6. How to appreciate a job well done - "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning the house."

  7. Religion - "You better pray that comes out of the carpet."

  8. Time travel - "I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week."

  9. Reason - "Because I said so."

  10. Foresight - "Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident."
I will say, that in complete honesty - this was the best Mother's Day I've ever had. I think I'm looking forward to my birthday!

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