Friday, May 09, 2008

A Mother's Day Tale

My husband Rob, fellow HomeFront board member and Johnny Paycheck around these parts, is a pretty quiet guy, and from all accounts of his childhood, he seems to have been born that way.

The thing about Rob is that he rarely says things just to say them. He doesn't chatter just to fill a void, and he is totally cool with sitting in silence. That freaks some people out, and they start to think he's mad at them, but it works out for me. I am perfectly happy sitting in silence, especially since that never happens around here.

Anyhoo, the point is that Rob only says things he means, and my mother-in-law has told me this story since I first started dating him:

When Rob was in kindergarten, he used to ride the bus even though the school was six houses down the street from his own. (They were out in the boonies with no sidewalks.) He went to afternoon kindergarten, so he would get home around three, to his mother waiting at the door.

One day, he came home and looked up at his mother and said:

"Mom, this is the best part of my day, when I come home and see you."

My mother-in-law melted into a puddle right there at the door. How could she do anything else?

My own mother always taught me to watch how a man treated his mother because that was the truest indication of how he would treat a woman. As you may have been able to deduce, I am treated pretty well.

And now I that have two dimpled boys of my own, as well as two darling girls, this story means so much more to me. It's amazing how one gummy smile can erase a fussy afternoon, or how one sleepy head on my shoulder, one warm, breathy mouth in my neck can make me cover a downy cheek with kisses.

It's a good life, this gig.

Happy Mother's Day, my friends.


  1. Such a sweet story!
    I'm sure your boys will be very loving husbands many, many, many years from now.

  2. Awwww, how sweet. You've definitely got it going on.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Happy Mother's Day, Aim!

    And yes, as crazy, busy, difficult this motherhood business is, there are so many moments when it is more than worth it....

    love ya!

  4. Anonymous12:42 PM

    right back at ya!
    Mirabella MOM

  5. GeeGee10:16 AM

    I am not a blogger, but I do have a journal. Sometimes I've gone for months (years really) without an entry. However I recently opened it and read the old entries. I found gems recorded such as the one you shared with us. Try to keep some record of the profound beauty of your little ones. There is a reason we have all heard the saying: "out of the mouths of babes..." It is those special times when you can truly FEEL God and hear Him speak to you through those fresh, pure little faces...
    Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful daughter,and the marvelous mother she has become....

  6. Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

  7. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Very Precious! You are little thing will make you forget a day of horrors! I LOVE to watch my children sleep (this could be do in part to the silence), LOVE to cuddle on the couch with them, and LOVE those spontanteous hugs and kisses "just because"!

  8. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I love that story:)

  9. (giggle, snort) Johnny Paycheck - so totally what I'm going to start to call Hubbers!!


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