We don't play up the Mother's Day and Father's Day holidays super big in our house. A few handmade cards and a day of not having to do anything but avoid all housework (or yardwork) is all that is really required for the Best Day Ever.
This year however, Aidan took the handmade card in a different direction, and wrote me a letter, a letter which she said I could post here.
I only wanted to share because A) I love that my daughter uses her words to express her emotions, B) I think she's a friggin' genius, and C) There are days when you Moms out there, especially those Moms to young kids—oh hell, to ALL ages of kids—who are working your tushkas off just to keep those kids happy, clean, loved and fed, who can feel overwhelmed at the whole motherhood task because let's be real here: some days, it's not as pleasant as others. And then there are those moments within those days when those kids you work so hard to care for simply take your breath away; they surprise you with their compassion; they give you a glimpse into where they are really going and who they are really becoming and you put your hand over your heart because you realize the place they are headed is a place filled with love and goodness and hope.
This was the best Mother's Day gift I can ever recall. The gift of words rocks.
I tried to make you a card but was too far from perfection and messed up with markers each time.
I tried to write a poem but I couldn't find the words; I lost them up a the cabin.
I tried to draw a picture, but markers are much too thick for detail.
So, I am writing you a letter.
Today is Mother's Day, the 13th time you've experienced this day with me. (The 9th time with Cole, I think?)
I wrote a few different poems all entitled "Mother."
Words entangled within versus like
And other words that were along that good-word basis.
More poem attempts followed with cute, cheesy lines like
I love you like the fish loves the seas
I love you like the bird loves the sky
Like the flowers need the bees
I love you this much, as far as the sun stretches
I'll love you 'till forever is over
From the plains to the hills through deserts and mountains.
All of these words still can't express the love a daughter has for her mother.
A key component to my life
A friendly figure in my life
A movie pal, a doctor holder hander.
Happy Mother's Day Mom.
I love you.
Aidan (Your Daughter)
I pretty much kicked out the ugly cry all over on that one. And you know what? She didn't even act like that was an uncool thing to do.
Aidan, I think you are something very, very, very special.
Cathy (Your Mom)