Friday, May 17, 2013

May Secret Subject Swap - Take Two! ~Memories...

Welcome to Take Two of May’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked  a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

My Secret Subject is:  "What is your favorite Mother's Day gift you've gotten so far?"  It was submitted by The Momisodes.  If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you need to.  She's pretty frickin awesome.

I'm going to pull a classic mom move and talk about a gift from the heart that I received.  I honestly enjoy getting hand made cards and paper towel tube craft projects.  Anything that shows some effort.  I tell my kids that it really is the thought that counts.  That just because you didn't pay money for something, or don't have a gift to wrap up in a box, doesn't mean it's not special and thoughtful and appreciated. I try on a yearly basis to convince them that cleaning the kitchen or going a whole day without fighting would be an awesome gift for me.  Still waiting for either of those. 

(Side note:  if we're being honest here, I did get an awesome material gift a couple years ago from the hubs, a Keurig coffee maker.  Pretty sure I did a spastic happy dance for a couple straight hours over that one.)

One of my most memorable gifts was a Mother's Day breakfast in bed.  I don't remember exactly how old everyone was, but it was back in the days of my being a single mom, so I'm thinking the six of them ranged from about 3 to 13. 

Each of them had a job to do for the breakfast;  my middle son, probably about 6, was sent out to the yard to pick flowers to put in a little vase on my tray.  Now that I think about it, that may have been the year there was a pink ladyslipper in my vase.  Which, in our state anyway, are illegal to pick,  lol. 

 
 
 
My middle daughter (9 or 10 at the time) was in charge of making my coffee.  My pre-Keurig coffee.  Like, brewing a pot with grounds and water and everything.  Apparently it came out pretty........disgusting.  Because they sent my oldest son (11ish) down to the little store at the bottom of the hill to buy me a cup of coffee. 
 
For some reason, this was really touching to me.  They knew that coffee was my favorite part of breakfast,  and they worked hard to make some.  But it didn't meet their standards so they scrapped it, scrounged up enough change to buy a cup of coffee, and my son was willing and happy to walk to the store, then walk back with a hot cup in his hand. 
 
I remember lying in bed as they were preparing things and noticing that there was no fighting going on.  No yelling,  no "I'm telling Mom!"  Either they did a marvelous job of getting along, or they did a marvelous job of keeping the bickering quiet.  This is in and of itself a gift!  Moms of more than one kid, can I get an Amen?!
 
This year, my ex husband gave the 4 kiddos still living at home some money to buy me a little something for Mother's Day.  And no, Hell hasn't frozen over, I checked!  He must be working on his resume for Heaven or something.  Anyway, I drove them to the mall and they all walked around together, helping each other choose a gift and count money.  Again, a gift right there; anytime my kids pull together and do something as a team makes me smile.  It was really cool to see how excited they got over having something to wrap up and give me.  And I loved seeing how well they knew me by giving me stuff that I actually liked!  (Bath & Body lotion, a phone case, sunglasses, and a Mother/Daughter necklace set.)  The actual presenst weren't what warmed my heart, although they were great.  It was the fact that they put thought into what would make me happy, made the effort of picking out something, and helped each other like siblings should. 
 
So yeah, to me it really IS the thought that counts.  Whether it's the thought of 'which gift would mom like', or 'how burnt can this toast be and mom will still eat it?'
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Go check out these other amazing bloggers and see what Secret Subject they got!
 
http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/ The Insomniac’s Dream
http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://momrantsandcomfypants.wordpress.com Mom Rants and Comfy Pants
 

 



18 comments:

  1. Perfect. Part funny and part sweet. Just like you!

    I agree, I love the homemade stuff too. Although it wouldn't kill my High School senior to buy me a card instead of writing "Happy Mother's Day" on a piece of lined paper, folding it in half and telling me it's a homemade card, LOL!

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    1. Aw, thanks :) And yeah, a teeny bit more effort on his part woulda been cool lol. But at least he remembered!

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  2. Sounds like you have some great kiddos! And your ex gave them money to buy you something? WOW!! I loved the line "how burnt can this toast be and mom will still eat it?" LOL

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    1. Thanks! And yes, we were all shocked that he did that. Definitely a first! Choking down burnt toast is a little difficult.... ;)

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  3. You did an awesome job! I love the handmade gifts as well. My older two made me cards and my youngest sang "Happy Mother's Day to you!" to me. It was awesome!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet! A song is a great gift :)

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  4. Such sweet kids you have! I love that they attempted to make you coffee and then went to purchase some after they granulated theirs up! And I'm with you on the Keurig - they are fantastic :)

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    1. Aren't they great? The Keurig I mean. And the kids too, I guess :) I'm kinda glad I didn't see the original attempt at the coffee making. Scares me a little.

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  5. Six kids? And you did it mostly alone?? You are my new hero.

    -The Insomniacs Dream

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    1. Lol, aw shucks :) I don't know about a hero, but I kept them all alive and most days fed! :)

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  6. Awww so sweet! You've got some great kids, Mama!

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  7. Your kids sound like absolute sweethearts. I can remember making mum breakfast in bed on her birthday and mothers day when I was a kid. Then we'd all pile on to the bed (we'd always fit even though there was six of us too) and watch her open the crocheted washers and hand made soaps and act like they were the best gifts in the world.

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    1. Aw, I bet she remembers it just as fondly as you do. That's a great memory :)

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  8. Oh this was so great! i love when they work together on something.... something not evil of course;) Just kidding. Your kids clearly love you and it is so great that they put such effort into their gifts- both material and from the heart.
    Vicky
    The Pursuit of Normal;)

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    1. Haha Vicky! Yes, when they plot evilly together it's not quite as much fun for me ;)

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  9. What a wonderful idea your kids had, you must have been very proud of them all. And they must love you very much to have gone to all that effort to make your day special.

    I too feel it's a great idea for children to understand that it's the thought that counts when it comes to buying or making gifts. They shouldn't get wrapped up into thinking the more expensive, the better the gift. So thumbs up for teaching them this. I really liked the look of that pink slipper flower. Why is it illegal to pick?

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  10. I was proud of them and I think they kind of learned the point I was trying to teach :) I think, but I'm not sure, that the reason the pink lady slippers are illegal to pick is because there aren't that many of them left around, so they don't want people picking them all and then they'll be "extinct" lol. Thanks for reading :)

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