Barely able to contain her excitement at mama’s reaction, I watched my Sweetgirl out of the corner of my eye, yesterday, as I opened her Mother’s Day gift to me. I unwrapped a lovingly made preschool painted print of her hand as a tree and her fingerprints as the flowers. Beautiful. Then, I unrolled this interview paper:
I’m thrilled beyond belief to know that I’m still in my first decade of life, and that she recognized my deep and abiding love for ice cream. However, do you see that arrow up there on the left? I had to work so stinkin’ hard not to cry when I got to that line.
Immediately, I started wondering what mental image, of me, my children will take into their adulthood’s. “She doesn’t do anything for fun.”? OUCH!
Oh, how I want them to remember that mama did indeed have fun doing this most difficult and important job. Most of all? I want them to recall a mother who enjoyed being their mama.
The word “intentional” comes to mind here. If that is truly how I want to shape their memories, then I do believe I’m going to have to do a little less of the head-down-finger-dance on the keyboard and a little more of this:
“Good, better, best;never let it rest.
Until your best is better, and your better is your best.”
If you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go do something fun.
Be a mama to the two sweetest kidlets I know.