Happy Mothers' Day! I've always felt a little strange celebrating this day. As I said, my family is good to me and I don't feel unappreciated or in need of a day to be patted on the back for giving birth. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the day off. I like having someone else cook dinner and worry about other household chores. But, I get those things when I need them. I just have to say "I don't feel like (fill in least favorite household chore here)" and usually Peter Kevin will say, "I'll do it" or one of the girls will take care of it. Kate is especially good at cleaning the cats' boxes (ewww) a chore I despise but recognize the importance of! The only chore I usually can't get out of is laundry. I guess it's the control freak coming out but I like my laundry done MY way.
Do we need a day to tell loved ones they are important? Maybe. Maybe we should all take the time to tell them every day, or at least more frequently than once a year. Kate asked the bakery to write on a cake (white with white frosting and coconut, mmmmm a favorite) "We totally, like ,appreciate you". It made me laugh and is so perfect. We are an irreverent bunch around here but I think everyone knows that they are loved and appreciated for their uniqueness among mortal beings.
I'm not sure if my children realize that they carry large chunks of my heart out with them each day. As they grow and become more themselves, I see less and more of myself there. I see them make fun of my "miracle in every square inch of creation" philosophy but, I see them noticing the miracles. What they don't notice is that THEY are the miracles of my life. THEY are the best and most wonderful thing I have ever done.
No matter what else I do in my life, I have given the world three lovely, intelligent, smartass, beautiful Wood Women. Look out.
P.S. The photo is a shot of a local wildflower, Indian Paintbrush. I took it last Spring on a trip to the Wharton State Forest. No significance to the post, just a bright shot of color. Can you tell I found the text color button today?