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A different kind of Mother's Day morning

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Last year I blogged about how Mother's Day had changed over the years / phases of my life... as it does for all of us. Last year I was a mom with a child in a war zone.

Thank goodness the "in a war zone" bit is different this year.

Last year on Mother's Day I went for an early morning bike ride, thinking to potentially visit my own mom's gravesite. Blockage on the bike path due to construction stopped that, but I still "carried her on my shoulder" for the ride and silently talked with her.

This year, I thought last night I might show up at the gym at 6 a.m. for an early swim. This morning, had an attack of laziness, and cooked breakfast instead. Healthy, the standard steel cut oats, but I was cutting up fresh strawberries that were very affordable in a larger quantity than I generally buy at the grocery yesterday. Hopefully I will reward myself with that swim later today (my training plan calls for a swim today).

Remember the Friday I went in to work because my heating/cooling contractor couldn't do my scheduled maintenance check up that day? Weather wasn't cooperating? Guess when they rescheduled for. Yep. Mother's Day morning. During classic church hours.

So as I type this, the guy is downstairs doing his thing. Now THAT'S different for a Mother's day. I made sure he had ALSO made arrangements to acknowledge HIS mother... nag that I am.

My son has promised a visit at some point... even offered to take me with him while he looks at puppies. I wisely declined THAT part of the offer. I know myself too well to trust myself around furry cuteness of the canine variety. You see, though I have a cohabiting feline, I'm really more of a dog person.

Restless while waiting, I decided I would see if I could work my way to the surface of the dining room table. I'm amazed... piled high for the weeks and months since Christmas... with "unmade decisions" as my brother likes to call paper clutter. Expired coupons. Receipts that I do NOT need for tax purposes. Statements and reams of ads, including the political variety (we just had our general election last Tuesday). Books I hadn't put back on a shelf. And running and biking stuff, of course.

Success! Even Frosty the Cookie Jar got re-boxed and put away this weekend. I think I may have a touch of the Spring cleaning fever. But it feels good. Sunshine streaming in the window, a fresh cloth on the table, the revived laptop taking a spot for now, and the only little pile remaining are things that my son lent me, that are there because I want to send them home with him today.

Every surface clean? Heavens no... but it's a start.

To other mothers in whatever phase of life, may your day have a little of this and a little of that... but all that brightens and comforts you. I'm also sending up a special prayer for those who are hoping to become moms, and those who have recently lost their moms.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKFRAN514 5/14/2013 10:15PM

    Glad you enjoyed your special day and your son is home from the war zone. i could see you dashing though the house spring cleaning. I need to get mine finished i need to get it done before summer arrives and then it becomes summer cleaning. thanks for the great blog and sharing your day with the team

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MSLZZY 5/13/2013 7:27AM

    That was different but still a great day!

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ROXYZMOM 5/13/2013 1:03AM

    Happy Mother's Day! So glad you have your son back!

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_LINDA 5/13/2013 12:03AM

    Happy Mother's Day! Today I spent5 hrs, 10 min hiking and walking with Mom on the river trails, paved and unpaved. Was a great day, our hottest we have seen by far in seven months! In fact is was 82 when we were just getting used to it getting up to 59 LOL. If Mom has a choice, she rather spend it being active, not in dress up clothes waiting in a line up to get in a fancy restaurant.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/12/2013 8:22PM

    emoticon s in my steel oats also!!!

Happy Mother's Day. HUGS!

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ANDI571 5/12/2013 5:36PM

    Happy Mother's Day! It sounds like you have had a good one, even if it is different.

I did something different today also and I think I will make you proud. We signed up for the Mother's Day 5K and we did that this morning. Of course I walked it, with a few seconds of running here and there. I did run to the finish line. My official time was 50.46.6 minutes, and I finished 269 out of over 500. Not bad since I have been in rebellion and have not walked all spring. But the cobwebs are clearing out and it's a new day!

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LJCANNON 5/12/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon So Funny, I was eating Strawberries when I read this!! Congratulations on Enjoying a Different Mother's Day!!

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GABY1948 5/12/2013 4:12PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

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MARYELLEN301 5/12/2013 3:11PM

    Mine was different as well. I power washed the sidewalk along the side of my house. I cursed whoever it was that made the decision to buy a house on a corner. Of course, it was me!! But it looks great and I will finish on Tuesday. What a sense of accomplishment. A day well spent. And Happy Mothers Day to you, too.

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LESLIELENORE 5/12/2013 2:12PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

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DEBRITA01 5/12/2013 2:03PM

    Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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DLDMIL 5/12/2013 1:29PM

    Happy Mother's Day

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LOSTLIME 5/12/2013 12:26PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you! I saw some of my grandchildren yesterday as they have a full day with their moms and other grandmas. So I am doing a little of this and that.
Have a terrific day!

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2013 12:19PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

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PATRICIAAK 5/12/2013 12:06PM

    You're right - atypical, but rewarding and that's what is more important.

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MJREIMERS 5/12/2013 11:47AM

    Happy Mother's Day to you! Take today and do with it as you wish. Isn't that what it's all about? emoticon

This may be my last Mother's Day with all four of my kids at home. The oldest will be in college next year and I'm trying to "deal" with the thought of her not being around. It's HARD!

Thank you for the blog. It did help! (It was also six years ago on Mother's Day that my Dad was called Home.) Your blog made me think how life changes and that's not a bad thing.

Have a GREAT day!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/12/2013 11:37AM

    Love this blog! So thoughtful, so caring. Yes, to remember those who want to be moms and those whose moms have left this earth. To celebrate that your son is back home -- safe. Hope he finds just the puppy that you can snuggle and puppy sit for from time to time. Grand pets are great!! Conquering clutter is a

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2013 11:17AM

    What a lovely mother's day blog: I was thinking of you with your son OUT Of that war zone today . . . extra strawberries are just what you deserve!!

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WEARINGTHIN 5/12/2013 11:12AM

    Ah, that clutter will get you every time. And it's so much nicer when you get it out of the way. It can make all the difference in terms of how you feel about yur own life. To have things done! That is a real reward. Glenn

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