Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day To The Moms Of Human And Furry Kids

It's Mother's Day. This morning when Lisa and I were sitting in the living room enjoying our morning coffee chat, we wished each other a Happy Mother's Day. We don't exchange gifts on special occasions because we do "just because" gifts throughout the year. However, on Mother's Day, we get each other something from the kids. This year, because I've been really sick for over a week and our Big Bodacious Painting Project that started yesterday, we didn't do that.

Lisa was the first to speak up.

"I'm sorry that I don't have anything for you from the kids. You're the best Mom in the whole world and the kids and I appreciate everything you do for us."

I took a sip of my coffee.

"I'm sorry that the kids and I didn't do anything for you either. I feel bad. You work so hard for our family and I feel like a total disappointment."

Lisa sipped her coffee.

"I don't need anything. I have the next 8 days off. I get to spend those 8 days with you and the kids. We can have morning coffee chats all week. And, we're giving our home a much needed makeover. Plus, you're on the mend and getting better every day. That makes me happy."

"I don't need anything from you or the kids. You're on vacation, we'll get to spend lots of family time together and paint and do minor renovations. Plus, over the past couple of weeks, you have bought me bee resistant hummingbird feeders, Salvias, hanging plants, and freshened up the flower beds. The outside of our home looks gorgeous. I'm a happy girl. I don't want or need anything else."

We sat there for a few minutes in silence embracing the moment. The sentiment exchanged between the both of us was enough. We've always been unconventional. We knew where the other was coming from.

No overpriced Mother's Day Brunch, a commemorative piece of jewelry, or box of chocolates could express or replace that.

We're kind of just there. We. Just. Know. 

Life doesn't always work out as planned. Big projects will very seldom fall on schedule despite the best of planning. Sickness will hit at the most inopportune of times. The best of intentions will fall through.

But, that's life. That's just how it goes.

It's the little things.

It's about looking forward to the simple stuff. Morning coffee chats. Family snuggle time. Extra play time. The kids piling up on our laps. Feeling better to the point where we can finally tackle the Big Bodacious Painting Project.

Nothing fancy will be happening here today.

Or ever.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms of human and furry kids. Enjoy the day. Be in the moment. Embrace the unexpected. Those imperfect moments are the ones that create memories. Swipe the expectations off the table. Life is short. 

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