Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Mom, you make these?"

Last week Wes was out of town, so, whilst thrifting with a very cooperative Cash, I decided to treat him to a root beer float at the drive in diner. Cash was very excited (of course, he'd hardly share the float), and as we sat there in the warm, summer air the radio began to play "This Magic Moment."

Ahhh. . . those sweet glimpses of what good, happy days spent with your kids ought to look like (instead of the usual bribing and arguing that goes on in most conversations with a 2 1/2 year-old). "Cash, listen, if you get in the car seat on your own I won't kill you. That's the deal."*

Cash and I had another magic moment as we sewed his first batch of summer pajama shorts a few weeks ago. He couldn't do much to help, but he did make sure the t-shirts we cut these from were fully spread out on the floor. He held the scissors for me, threw things away And, when he was especially cooperative, he got to push the reverse button on the sewing machine. Oh, the excitement of being a toddler.

At first I thought it was an insane idea to try to sew these with Cash's help, but I'm glad I offered because he was so proud of the finished products. And still, every night, he points to his shorts before bed and asks (in his high pitched question-voice), "Mom, you make these?"

"Yes, Cash, we made those."

*Oh, hang up the phone before you dial Child Protective Services. I'm just joking.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nice little Mother's Day

Me, Wes, Cash, and teeny baby.

Me and my maternal grandfather.

"Mothers are all slightly insane."
J.D. Salinger

I had a nice little Mother's Day. Wes cooked us pancakes, we slurped coffee and italian sodas up the street, then we spent some time with my family before heading off to church. Sometimes the simpler celebrations seem weak but maybe they're just more realistic. There's no guilt over spending too much money or expecting too much. Just a lovely day with the family.