Sunday, May 11, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over

Mother's Day dawned with my husband reentering the bedroom, reminding me that I had to stay in bed while Her Highness made breakfast for me, to be served in bed. So, I tarried in my room, moving from the bed into the chair. I listened, through a shut door as my son screamed, whined and demanded attention in all sorts of foreign language to my husband, who ignored him. The door was flung open and my children and husband burst in, shouting "Happy Mother's Day!"
As my son and I wrestled for the glass of juice (no spills, but he totally won), my daughter beamed with pride at the egg and toast she had cooked for the first time on her own. I was given a new charm for my Pandora bracelet, new Crocs sandals and a picture craft made at school by my daughter, as well as cards both homemade and store bought.






Unfortunately my husband worked today, so he left us on our own. I'd like to report it was a great day but, alas, it was not. Church was difficult and tiresome and my son decided to skip his afternoon nap. That sucked. I was planning a nap this afternoon, too. *sigh* While I wrestled, physically and mentally, with an exhausted, cranky, biting sixteen month old, every part of me screamed, "It's not fair! It's Mother's Day!" But, fair or not, this was my day.

As I watched my kids play in the bath together, as the day waned in to evening, I realized that even though I didn't get the pampering all mothers deserve EVERY day but especially today, I am so richly blessed. I have a husband who adores me (and I him) and a spoiled, lovely (inside and out) daughter and a cute, mischievous son. My kids are healthy. My parents are alive and healthy. I have a home: a lovely, spacious home. I have so, so much to be thankful for. So, I have decided I will not greet my husband with a barrage of gripes and complaints but a smile and a thank you for the nice gifts, his love and our children.

I hope that you found a little peace, love and happiness on this day.

Happy (belated) Mother's Day....

10 comments:

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I love your new crocs. Those are far more sylish than the normal ones. And, I think the princess cooking for you is soo sweet.

Jenni said...

I've had many a Mother's Day filled with the usual toddler meltdowns and household chores.

But I've not had breakfast in bed..yet!

Nap Warden said...

I so want those Crocs! I got a tiny break yesterday...Yay:)

Kellan said...

I'm sorry you didn't not have the "perfect" Mother's Day, but love that you stopped and recognized how fortunate you are even in the midst of all of it! Have a good Monday, Toni - see you soon - Kellan

MamaGeek said...

Is that you in that shot with your daughter? Toni, you're beautiful! And very nice loot. I love those crocs! I was with the IL's. NEED I SAY MORE? Hold me.

Janet said...

I like the glass is half full approach you took to the day.

My kids wanted to make me breakfast in bed but I brightly responded, "Breakfast at the table is my favourite!" Because for the last few years, they brought me breakfast in bed. At 7:30 a.m. Cold toast and soggy cereal. Sweet gesture but, um, yuck.

Mom24 said...

I loved your post. It just says it all--what's really important.

dawn224 said...

ah. this is all true. Happy Mothers Day week. :)

Missy said...

Isn't it great to realize how truly blessed we are? Even on a crazy day like yours, it is still worth it. Happy belated mother's day!

wright said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! It may not have been what you planned, but who wouldn't feel blessed with a family like yours!