Today is Mother’s Day, I slept in until 8. Yes, that is sleeping in for me. I got up, took out my dog, said Happy Mother’s Day to my oldest daughter and grabbed a cup of coffee. As I sat down the boys began to arise. The youngest came to the breakfast bar with his blanket wrapped around him. I reached over and gave his curly locks a stroke and whispered good morning, “Do you know it’s Mother’s Day ? ” “Did you tell Mommy happy Mother’s Day?” He looked up with excitement and said “wait, I have a present for you ”
We watched as he got down off the stool and grabbed his backpack and fished out a tissue paper wrapped present, and presented it to his mom. From that moment on he was grinning from ear to ear. He was so excited to give his mother a gift, and his dancing eyes were filled with anticipation. She unwrapped it and when she saw it was a bound blue notebook, she asked “Did you write a book about me?” He responded “yes”.
As she began to read the book out loud, he danced and grinned with joy. He had written the Pulitzer prize of Mother’s Day. As she read each page he had written, I felt like I was watching a love story unfold. I was, he loves his mom. He had written each page with honesty and seen through only his eyes. Each page was dedicated to a different reason he loves his mom. My favorite was “She makes the best PB&J, she puts peanut butter and one side and jelly on the other and makes it taste like candy.” Now that is love.
As this was unfolding before me, the older boy said “I didn’t get you anything, sometimes I forget” and she calmly replied “me too buddy.”
Mothering is not reserved for birth, anyone can mother, a man, a woman, the paperboy, a librarian, a teacher, a stranger. It is the acts and the art of mothering that make you a mother.
As mother’s we get so many daily gifts, kisses, hugs, laughs, questions and smiles. I think the perfect Mother’s Day gift is words. you can never go wrong with words. The right words, can change a life, mend a heart and build a smile.
Spread some words today.
Until Next Time,