Monday, September 1, 2008

Every Day is Kids' Day

Not Too Little, Not Too Late
Daughter was headed out to a sleepover today when she slipped something into my hand. "I found this in my suitcase. I'm sorry I forgot to give it to you. I hope you're not mad."

Yeah, a homemade Mother's Day card. You can see the front. On the inside:

My Mom
Loves Bruce Springsteen
Doesn't like annoyances
Working really, really hard
Happy Mother's Day

It's not like she didn't give me a card for Mother's Day. She did. A store-bought one that she picked out with Pete one day more than three months ago. How did this fall through the gap, this homemade card, so beautifully hand-crafted in her fourth grade class more than three months ago? How many times must she have almost spotted it in her suitcase since first putting it in there more than three months ago? She's used the suitcase for countless sleepovers since then. She took it on our five-week European vacation. It's gotten a lot of use, that suitcase, in the more than three months since she stashed the card in it.

Were it me, I'd have trashed it when I found it three months later rather than risk annoying my mother.

But she's not me. And I'd be so annoyed if she were.


Maddy said...

Oh you are too sweet. I would have been very annoyed too. Thank goodness our children have a different shake up of the old gene pool huh!

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D... said...

Kids! Who knows what goes on their squirrelly minds. What a sweet, three months later surprise for you tho. I'm glad she didn't throw it away. Me? I probably would have.

Tara R. said...

That is so sweet. I'm glad she gave it to you too, even 3 months belated.

Anonymous said...

It's so touching.. I'm a mother too. But my lovely baby only 2 yrs old and think still need few more years to get the handmade card. Want to see my baby? I make her a blog @ =)

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

I agree - at least she gave it to you! And obviously she knows you well. What a sweet girl!

Lori the eco-artist said...

Maybe she figured since your birthday had just passed it would be a good time? Maybe she kept meaning to give it to you, but was waiting for the right moment? Maybe she was saving it for next mothers day? We'll never know.


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