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The Little Things

The kids made me up lists of why they love me for Mother’s Day (I’m a sucker for gratuitous flattery!) and they really made my day.  They were also a good reminder of what matters to my kiddos.

Sample entries of Anna’s:

You keep your promises, you make us smoothies, you take us camping, you like our jokes, you are super nice, you don’t hit us 🙂

Sample entries of Jack’s:

We cook together, you garden with me, you paint with me, you play with me, you watch Biggest Loser with me 🙂

Sample entries of Victoria’s:

You still read to me, you get messy and have fun, you give me hugs and chocolate, you make silly faces for the camera, you make lots of noise 🙂

(Alex did not make me up a list, but rather stole my chocolate and gave me slurpy kisses, which was just as good.)

I highly recommend getting your offspring to make similar lists for you!  Not only will it make you smile, but it will remind you of what you do right on those days you feel less than perfect as a parent.

Nowhere on any list will it ever say that I kept a tidy house or even that I never yelled.  But I make smoothies and make faces and make a lot of noise, and luckily those are all things my kids can appreciate!

Here’s to gratuitous flattery and all the ways you rock.

Happy Wednesday!

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To My Child, On Mother’s Day

I wrote this poem years ago and posted it on the Magical Childhood site, and thought it was fitting to post again today…

To My Child, On Mother’s Day

I loved you when you were a dream,
a plan of who I wanted to be as your mother.

I loved you when you were a seed
of hope, excitement and giddy amazement
growing and dancing in my belly.

I loved you when they put you in my arms
and you stopped crying to stare at me and fall asleep,
when your soft, tiny body sank into me
as if every part of me had been made to hold you.

I loved you for the way you watched the world
and hungered to learn and love even before birth.
I loved your raw anger, joy and wisdom,
full strength in such a tiny body.

Now, I watch you continue to burst onto the world
and I love you for every quirk of who you are.
For your long eyelashes, your quick smile, your caring,
your stubbornness and your creativity,
for your laugh, your cries, your kisses,
the way you look fresh out of the bath,
and the feel of your perfect hand in mine.

I loved you before we met.
I think I have loved you forever.
I will love you for always, for all that you are
my beautiful, magical child.

~Alicia Bayer

Mother's Day, 2007

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mamas out there!  I hope your day is filled with laughter and love — and a few goodies!  🙂

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