My son and daughter came home (predictably) with home made cards and such today after school. What was not predictable was the fact that my son actually made me cry with his gift. Actually, it was his card. It said this;
Thank you for all of the incredible things that you have done and all the wise decisions you have made for my life. I hope that when I grow up I will be able to do all the things you have taught me to do. I remember when I was sad because I thought I had no friends and you cheered me up. Whenever I hug you I feel safe from even the most horrible thing that would frighten me. You are my one and only Mom and I love you more than anything in the world.
My niece read the letter and then she and Levi proceeded to have a very insightful conversation about why teenagers who think it is uncool to hug mothers are silly and insecure. I just stirred dinner very slowly with my back to them and grinned my face off. This mom gig is the very best thing I have ever done.