I didn’t want it to end.
Mother’s Day. I didn’t want it to end.
And not because Mr. Hines and Hannah waited on me for every meal or catered to my every whim, but because it was just the three of us.
Having all of us under one roof, not tired from a long day, or having homework or, needing to finish up a blog post, or getting ready for tomorrow; just being and enjoying each other’s company, brings me more joy than I can put words to.
Normally we spend Mother’s Day at the beach. But, since Mr. Hines had Saturday off of his internship, we did the beach on Saturday. He and Hannah took care of all of the details…making lunches and packing the cooler and making sure our beach bag was ready to go.
All I had to do was get dressed, and get in the car.
We always dine at Mario’s on 61st street on the way out of Galveston. And, this time was no exception. During dinner, Hannah asked if we had a glue gun at home.
She was being mysterious, and I could tell that she was planning a surprise for me. After a little prodding, she said that it was a craft they started in art class and that she was really excited about.
I let out a delighted, “ooohh” when she said “Don’t get too excited, Mom. It’s not that great.”
I slept in Sunday morning.
When I finally got up and walked into the living room, I was greeted by my surprise; a handmade card. Seeing the little bow on the front and the note inside, I understood why Hannah needed glue.
Recalling how excited she was about it, I didn’t waste any time reading what turned out to be the best Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received. Inside my teenaged daughter had scribed sincere gratitude for a mom like me…
“a mom who likes to spend quality time with me” because “not everyone in the world is as lucky as me to have a mom who cares about them and likes to spend time with them.”
Those words were like salve for all of the times I’ve wondered if I my attention was too divided or if my daughter felt neglected by my tendency to throw myself into work.
She went on to say, “You have the best personality. You’re super fun, creative, loving caring and just down right awesome. You’re also pretty, intelligent, stylish and super cute. Your presence and smile light up the room and makes everything better.”
To see myself through my daughter’s eyes was so affirming. I actually believed her. It can be so hard to receive compliments or see myself as others do. But, not this time. Her words of encouragement chiseled at the wall of self-doubt.
She continued, “You inspire me in so many ways. You set an example of the kind of mother I want to be for my kids someday.”
I felt so accomplished and appreciated, like my time isn’t for naught; that she gets it.
The card was signed, “Your favorite and only daughter, Hannah.” Indeed, she is.
We lounged and watched t.v. the rest of the day and as the day wore on I declared that I did not want it to end.
Even though I didn’t want it to, the evening did end. Eventually, Mr. Hines and Hannah went to bed to get sleep for work and school.
I stayed up a while longer to watch Grey’s Anatomy. Then, on my way to bed, I grabbed the card to take to my bedroom.
Mother’s Day may have ended, but my daughter’s words will stay with me.
I hope you had a happy Mother’s Day, too.
See you in class,