Monday, May 09, 2016

My Mother's Day Surprise ...

Twenty years ago this fall, I walked into Mario's and met three adorable little girls.  I was utterly terrified.  I didn't have children ... didn't grow up with younger siblings ... didn't grow up younger cousins.  In fact, to this day, I've never watched a child overnight ... never changed a baby's diaper.  What I'm trying to convey is that I am woefully under-prepared when interacting with anyone but adults.

That night, so long ago, I looked like an idiot as the waitress looked directly at me and asked, "Will the girls need children's plastic cups with lids?"  It was everything I could do not to blurt out, "Beats the hell out of me ... ask them what they'd like to drink out of."  But I stopped myself ... and other than that gaff, the night went smoothly.  And they sat around the table ... taking turns telling jokes ... and making me more and more comfortable.

Now those little girls are grown women.  One is married to a great guy ... one moved to Chicago and is following her dreams in the theatre ... and one just came home from a month-long adventure in Europe.   They are all funny ... they are all smart ... they are all beautiful.  I feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of their lives.

We're all busy these days ... and we don't see each other as much as we'd like.   But the flowers they sent me last week for Mother's Day made my heart soar.   I know we texted and we talked ... but I'm sorry it took me this long to write a blog post.   Thank you, SO very much.   You made my day and my weekend.

I love you guys ... you are amazing.

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

Bruno Mars -  Just The Way You Are

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