Mothers only want their kids to say, “Thanks, Mom.” Something, anything to let us know all those sleepless nights and anxious days weren’t for nothing.
I got that in spades this year. Along with exactly the perspective and laughter I needed: A reminder there’s no such thing as a Perfect Mother. . . or a Perfect Child. We’re all simply human beings, doing the best we can.
Here is the ultimate college kid card that was attached to the flowers from my son. I couldn’t make this up if I tried:
Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you and I will see you in a week! Love, Me PS I paid with your credit card because I left mine at the bar the other night, no need to worry. I’ll pay you back when I get home.
(I thought: “Just come home and give your mother a kiss. That’s all the payment I need.”)
That card is framed and hanging in the kitchen — the story already a family favorite. The kid took the ribbing well and got the point, as you will see.
Two years later he gave us the gift of heart-bursting pride. We paid for that one too. But, oh, it was worth it. He graduated college with honors and a signed job offer … on Mother’s Day. The next year, working, busy, living on his own, I thought at best I’d get a call, a card … or a belated, if sincere apology. Wrong. Once again he managed to blow me away. By honoring not only me, but two of his aunts and one of his grandmothers … my survivor sisters and my late mother-in-law. This Mother’s Day message tells me my job as a mother –with the help of his father and our extended family– is just about complete:
I wish a Happy and Healthy Mother’s Day to MOM … to all the other mothers in my life and to All Mothers Everywhere!
Just be careful with your credit cards.