Sunday, May 13, 2007

happy

I grew up in rural Michigan. I remember hot summer days riding around on my bike with the other neighborhood kids, stopping off for a drink of water every now and then, or riding over to Aunt Belva’s house. Aunt Belva was a surrogate Aunt to the entire neighborhood, and though her children were grown and gone, she stocked her freezer with ice cream treats for us kids.

I remember one hot summer night when my own Mother declared that it was simply too hot to cook supper. My brother and I watched wide-eyed as she got the crank ice cream maker out. “How about ice cream tonight?” she asked, with fun dancing in her eyes. Oh, what a delicious memory of my Mom. It’s my favorite one, I think.

Happy Mother’s Day to the Moms, Surrogate Moms, and Aunt Belvas who are reading. I’ve already had a morning full of hugs and kisses. The cards the noisy boys made in preschool were sweet, “My Mother is beautiful when we are…going to church; My Mother helps me…make my bed; My Mother loves to…make crafts with me.” But I’ll never forget last years card, when Twin B’s said, “My Mother helps me…wipe my bottom.” That one is my favorite.

After church we’re having a picnic at a park, which is infinitely more relaxing to me than a restaurant at this stage of the game. And later today? A movie with whatever friends I can scrounge up. This is the best gift of all—an afternoon off!

8 comments:

Maria Dodson said...

Amen, Sister! I'd go to the movies with you if the drive from Seattle weren't so long. :) I'm getting an afternoon off, as well. Have a great one!

L.L. Barkat said...

Ah, the sweet services we perform in love. Glad Twin B recognized your affection in the simple things!

Llama Momma said...

Maria -- I wish you did live closer. Would you believe I couldn't scrounge up a single friend for that movie? Everyone was busy with their families. I went anyway and didn't have to share my popcorn with anyone! :-)

LL -- It's always nice to be appreciated, isn't it? ;-)

Maria Dodson said...

I'm glad you went. As a mom sometimes it's nice to just do things alone. Sounds to me like you had fun!

spaghettipie said...

I would have gone with you to the movie! What did you see?

Llama Momma said...

I saw "Namesake" and loved it!!

MamaToo said...

So good that you recorded the "...wipe my bottom" comment, as you will treasure that even more when it's no longer true (amen for those days, eh!?)

Llama Momma said...

mamatoo -- We're ALMOST there on the bottom wiping thing. It's a beautiful thing!!!