Unbelievably Mother’s Day was pretty calm and relaxing. I spent Saturday talking to M and S about the day and giving them permission to feel confusing feelings and want to act out but told them if they weren’t going to be a family kid then they could feel big feelings in their room while we enjoyed the day! We did presents for me right after lunch and they each made a card and Tim had gotten two beautiful hanging geraniums for them to give me. I realized later S’s card didn’t even say anything, no I love you, thank you for being my mom, etc. I think for Father’s Day we’ll work on card etiquette and words of affirmation. They’re old enough that the homemade stick figures aren’t so cute anymore. Not complaining, especially since I read how terrible some of you other moms are treated.
My oldest Rachel has always been good with words and gifts and this year she gave me earrings (she has great taste) a bouquet of flowers, tootsie rolls (my fav!) and a gift certificate to my favorite Japanese restaurant. She sure knows the way to my heart! Joshua told me he was going to fix me dinner, something gourmet-ish that he bought and fixed himself. Monday he went to the grocery and picked out his ingredients and fixed it that night. We had carrot soup with ginger (lots of ginger!), grilled lime chicken and punch. Not the most complete meal but I was proud of him and he went to a lot of effort and it tasted great! I want my boys as well as my girls to be able to handle themselves in the kitchen. Late Monday night he and I cuddled in his bed while watching Food Network and that was a special treat. We like to hang out and watch certain shows together but this time I went into his room and his single bed and cuddled. Very unique, I imagine, to have a 17-year-old who still loves being with his Mom and is not embarrassed. Love this about him.
Sunday night we honored my mom by bringing her over to our house for dinner. This was amazing because a few weeks ago I never imagined she would leave her assisted living home. But she maneuvered with help and we had an enjoyable time here. I’m so glad she’s still mobile because that makes all the difference. Rachel also had a bouquet of flowers for her, my thoughtful girl. After mom left we sat out on the deck and just enjoyed conversation and companionship. I was blessed with a calm, peaceful day. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!