This was a weekend of slow fun. Originally I wanted to write about my bartending stent at Players Bar and Grill, about my projects at Devils Lake, all the climbing that's going on in and outside, and about the special feelings I have for Brad and the kids. But just like the readers from "Listen to Your Mother" related in the engaging show I was grateful to attend today, motherhood requires putting things aside for the sake of the kids. And that's the case right now - it's that time of the evening where baths, night snacks, Friday folders and lunches are priority - where all these duties seem endless and routine, and when last-minute requests or items get added on the to-do list. Yikes!
In the meantime, here's what made today - Mother's Day - special.
These cards and beads for my family bracelet were touching because their sentiments brought their thankfulness to the forefront. Emma's design of her handmade card is a beauty, Misa told me that she really means what she said in her card, and John-Pio - he took the humorous route and thanked me for cleaning up his poop :)
In addition to these sentiments, I'd say I had the deepest feelings today when Emma's post came across my Facebook wall. I feel big love from my girl - Big and Deep. Thank you Emma. I adore you!
Brad presented me with this bike! A vintage Schwinn cruiser. He knew I've always wanted an old cruiser, and this one - Stella, was well-loved before and will be loved again. My tires and saddle have matching flowers and I dig the white walls. Most of all, because I know how Brad's brain and heart operate, it made me happy knowing that he was happy. He is sweet and giving - more than I can ever express or reciprocate.
These chocolate covered strawberries came from Geri. I've always admired Geri as a mom and observed her closely as she raised my nephews and niece. I filed her those observations away, often referring back to them as I raise my own. Someday we will celebrate Mother's Day together!
Maybe that time for my sister and I to be together for Mother's Day will be next year, because throughout this performance of Listen to Your Mother, I couldn't help wishing she were with me. Happily, I was sitting next to two of my favorite mom's in the world - Annie and Stacey, and what better way to spend a beautiful Mother's Day afternoon than with friends and an audience of mothers.
I will be making this show an annual tradition. To listen to the readers tell their stories, all diverse with content that had me crying and laughing as I felt affirmed, let out heavy sighs, and acknowledged pangs in my heart listening to the women and the one man, tell their stories.
If there's one person on this earth who I wish I could be next to every day, it's my beautiful mom. I know many of my own family and friends live faraway from their parents and know the feeling of longing for physical closeness, for the chance to hear your kids ask, "Mom, can I spend the night at Grandma's?" It's a dream of mine - to someday live closer to Geri and my Mom. Until then, I'm thankful for the phone calls, letters, and email. While they don't make the pain of missing these two important women in my life go away, the connections help of course. It felt good to talk to my mom today - maybe next year I can hug her in person on Mother's Day!