A few oh-so-special moments from our house to yours:
My dear five-year-old daughter asked me the other day, ever-so-seriously:
"Mommy? Is there such a thing as a plain-bow? Like a rainbow with no colors in it?"
My eldest son recently finished his baseball season, and was awarded the only trophy on his team: for Most Improved Player. It was engraved with his name and everything! He was very happy to receive it, and my husband and I are very proud of him. He was iffy about playing baseball this year, but happened to meet his coach on evaluation day, and that sealed the deal. His coach made this year great for him, and our son learned so much - about baseball and about life! He enjoyed his teammates as well, and most of all, really was able to enjoy the game this season. Home run!
I was driving my two youngest children to DQ the other day to pick up an ice cream cake for their brother's birthday, when the driver behind me laid on his horn and dramatically sped by me. I didn't think I had done anything wrong, but apparently he thought I had. After a moment, I stopped thinking about the incident and went about my merry way. Until I stopped for a red light several blocks away - and the man pulled up next to me, leaned out of his window and yelled an angry sentence complete with an obscenity. I was rather floored and just looked at him. Luckily, the light went green and he sped off just after he yelled at me. But my two young children heard him, and the whole thing bothered me. I don't particularly care what this man thinks of me, but to be yelled at with such rage was not especially pleasant! Boo!
For birthdays at our house, we go around the dinner table and have everyone give a heartfelt sentence or two about the birthday person. Examples are "I really like how nice you are to me, and how you play with me!" or "________ is really funny and always makes me laugh". You get the idea. Sometimes it's hard to come up with something, and we have to allow for a little more thinking time, but everyone comes up with a compliment or two for the birthday boy/girl. On our 11-year-old's birthday last month, his older brother wowed us with an amazingly heartfelt testament to his brother. My eldest son is not prone to flowery words and compliments, so our hearts were greatly moved when he told his brother how much he admired how he's handled all he's been through (he's the child with some medical issues). He told his brother how he respected his ability to rely on his faith during his challenging times. It was really moving. I was proud of my eldest son for going out of his comfort zone and voicing his thoughts, and also proud of my middle son, because the things his brother said are true.
After the moving moment passed, I reminded everyone what my youngest son said about his oldest brother at his last birthday dinner. You can read about it here. We all cracked up.
My monkey-in-the-middle son recently wrote me the following poem for a Mother/Son night. Enjoy.
I am a fart,
but you are a pop-tart!
I am a toot,
but you are a fruit!
I am a poop,
but you are a loop-de-loop!
And he read it to me with great expression and love. And I loved it!