Simplicity is the Watchword
And just like that, another Mother’s Day comes to a close.
Last year at this time, I was very pregnant and very miserable. Josh and Jude took me to brunch, and during the week following the holiday, I was treated to a massage, manicure/pedicure, and a hair cut. It was wonderful and just what I needed. This year was different.
This year, all I wanted was to spend time with my family. I had spend the better part of the past six weeks stuck in bed, and I was tired of missing out on, well, everything. So, last night I threw some steel cut oats into the crockpot and turned it to low. I grabbed the overripe bananas from the freezer and put them in the fridge to thaw. I made sure the kitchen was only a bit of a wreck instead of a hot mess. And then Josh and I went to bed.
This morning I woke up to the smell of apples and oats and cinnamon and brown sugar. The kids slept in. I made banana bread. The kids woke up. We ate. The four of us went to the park together (and brought the banana bread to share). For the first time in a long time, I was able to give both Jude and Ramona my undivided attention. Josh pushed Ramona in the swing, and Jude and I played ball. While I pushed Ramona, Josh and Jude ran around the park. We strolled home, played on the bed together, ate lunch, went back to the park. Tonight we ordered pizza. Simplicity was today’s watchword.
I love being “Mama” to Jude and Ramona. I can’t imagine that any other profession would bring me a fraction of the joy they do. These kids of mine make my heart so unbelievably happy. Oh! And my husband! My amazing, loving husband. I am indebted to Josh for his ability to know, without me saying it, that what I needed on this day was his presence so that I could be more present with both kids. I have somehow ended up with the most stellar family, and for them, I am so, so grateful.