Happy Mother's Day

May 11, 2008

So much has happened over the last few weeks I hardly know where to begin! I guess I should start by saying, "Happy Mother's Day"! Of course, this is the (one) day that I get to sleep in, and being as it's currently 4:51 am, it looks like that's not happening for me this year. I just cannot sleep! My mind is racing and I keep thinking (obsessing) about all the things I need to do today.

Last weekend, I went camping at Delmarva's Cubscout Jamboree. It was a fun time, but it fell in a busy time period for me. The day before we were to leave...this is when I am frantically collecting the necessary gear and making lists of things we need to take...and at the end of the hall, I see my son is in his room struggling with a pair of blue jeans. He looks a bit like a commercial I've seen where a woman is trying to get into her jeans and is laying on the bed, twisting and kicking her legs up in the air. This catches my attention, so I stop to watch.

Him: AHHH! Mom, I HATE these jeans! The buttons don't work! They're broken! All my jeans are like this!

Instead of thinking to myself..."hmmm, we're leaving for camping in less than 24 hours, and only NOW are you telling me that you have no blue jeans to wear," I say: Really? Let me see what a broken button looks like. You say this has happened on ALL of your jeans?

As he thrusts the inside-out jeans into my hand and I fumble to right them, I see the button looks fine to me. Looking at him sideways, and carefully sizing him up, I ask: What exactly do you mean "doesn't work?" Do you mean that the buttons won't go together anymore?

Him: Yes!

Me: Well, they're not too small silly! That means they don't FIT!  I can't believe what I'm hearing, or why this is the first time I've heard it. I've seen him wearing these jeans every week since the beginning of the school year, and didn't realize they were too small for him. I look inside at the tag, and see SIZE 7.  Size 7? He wears a size 10! His little sister doesn't even wear a size 7!

Even though every single minute was accounted for between then and the time we needed to leave to go camping, I had to CREATE time to go to the store and get blue jeans. 

Moms are great like that. They can CREATE time.

So once more for every Mom out there: Happy Mother's Day!
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