And the thing about being a stay-at-home mother is that - in one respect - it is like any other job. There are days when I love my job and days when I feel like I should be polishing up my resume and looking for a new one. As I said in the title of this post - sometimes my kids make me laugh, sometimes they make me cry, and sometimes they make me crazy. They also make me proud, surprise me, frustrate me, keep me on my toes, amaze me, open the world to me, and teach me. The magic of my children is often found in small, quiet moments and I wanted to share a few that have jumped out to me in the last couple of days with my son.
From E2B's letter of appreciation to Running Man and me (a requirement from his karate school for each belt test):
Dear Mommy and Da thank you so so so so much for being you. I like the way you help me. I love you so so so so so so much no matter what! How did you learn all this stuff that you teach me?! Love, E2B
During his previous belt test the school's Grandmaster asked the children how long they spent writing their letters of appreciation to their parents and praised those students who reported spending 10 minutes or more on the task. E2B had me time him and, as much as I know he loves us, I'm pretty sure all of the extra "so's" are more about filling his own self-imposed time limit than anything else. I'm cool with that and I'll be sure to keep this letter to remind him how much he loves us and appreciates us when he's a teenager. And, oh yes, how very much we know because parents seem to know very little by the time their kids hit the teen years (or so I've been warned by friends with older children).
From E2B's homework assignment to write four sentences using four of his spelling words:
What a delight that I can play that game now.
I'm just amused here by his use of the phrase "what a delight". I think he has been spending time with some older Southern ladies....bless his heart!
I do not know what righteous means.
I'm not sure that I could spell righteous now without the benefit of spell check. This is from a first grade spelling list!
Lightning comes from the sky.
Partially/sometimes true...I elected not to muddy up the waters of his spelling homework with information about cloud-to-ground and ground-to-cloud lightning. He's going to have a field day with that soon, though.
I have one right thigh.
Right you are, my boy!
From a birthday card E2B made for a friend:
|The heart doubles as a baby and the peace sign an old man...notice neither of these symbols has hair :)|
This was under E2B's signature. When I asked about it, he explained that it means "Love and peace will be with you always, no matter if you're old, young, or in the middle." Wow! Color me one very proud mama!
"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself." ~Joyce Maynard