Last year, Mother’s Day was a completely different kind of day for me. I had been dreading it but this year, it is only 8 am and already, my Mother’s Day has been nearly perfect! I got up early before the kids were awake and attempted a run/walk with the C25K program. I haven’t been able to do it since I hurt my hip more than a week ago. It wasn’t too bad! My hip hurt a bit but nothing like it has been so perhaps I am on my way back to normal!
I got home and Dave had a few thoughtful gifts for me to open. Then, Drew woke up and couldn’t wait to give me a gift he had chosen for me. I opened up the gift bag he had stuffed with tissue paper. Inside a found a “pearl necklace.” He said there were earrings in there but they seem to have disappeared into the abyss of his bedroom. He is sure he wrapped them, but told me not to worry because, “they were only 99 cents.” I told him it was fine and we could go get another pair. I asked him where he got them and he said he couldn’t remember. That seemed odd, so I looked at him quizzically and he said sheepishly, “the thrift store.” I gave him a huge hug and jokingly said, “YOU ARE MY SON!” He knows how much I love a good bargain and I love looking for great deals. He couldn’t hold back his smile.
Then, the two of us made breakfast together. Nothing fancy. He rarely shows interest in cooking so it was never something he wanted to do. He has never been a great eater either, although slowly he is expanding his palette and trying new things. Right now it is scrambled eggs. We whipped up a batch for the two of us and although it took less than fifteen minutes, we sat down, ate it together and it was the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast.
A little while later, DJ woke up and handed me a gift. A gift certificate for a pedicure. Another thing I love to treat myself to now and then. These boys know me so well! Even better was the Hallmark card he gave me along with it. The front of it read, “Some people just make life better for everyone around them.” That was even better and more meaningful than the gift!
This afternoon, we will go to my grandma’s house for lunch. We are bringing food in so that no one has to do any cooking. My almost 99 year old grandma, along with my sister, cousin and aunt will all celebrate being a mom today. We will miss my mom but she will be there in our hearts and her spirit will be watching over us. She is still very much a part of our lives and her traditions will continue to be passed along at all of our celebrations, big and small.