My Five Minute Friday on: Ordinary
Once a month my son's elementary school has a "reward" day to celebrate good behavior. It is one of the rare opportunities for parents to volunteer, so I usually sign-up to help.
I'm standing on the precipice, friends — watching my son walk head-first into adolescents.
I asked him this morning if he likes that I come. Most parents don't and I was worried I had missed the kid memo telling me it's no longer cool for me to be there.
I'm an ordinary mom — nothing special.
But he said it was fine, so I took his word for it.
As I approached the concrete steps that lead into the school building I made sure I checked my ruler at the door. A room full of mom volunteers is a tempting place to prove to myself how ordinary I am.
Face painting. This was my assignment.
I'm an ordinary artist — nothing special.
Of course I was seated next to the school's art teacher and her face painting skills were extra-ordinary. So I quietly reminded myself to put down the ruler and got on with it.
I drew my fair share of boy mustaches and 1D's with a heart (for One Direction, of course). I hardly saw my son, actually. He must have heard about my mad face painting skills and decided to pass.
I did a little celebratory dance inside when time was up and went searching for my son. After saying good-bye with a nonchalant head pat I watched my son walk back to class with his friends.
But after a few steps he turned and I watched him flash me an "I love you" in sign language, down at his hip where no one else would notice.
And I flashed one back with a smile and a wink, reminded once again that no matter how ordinary I feel, I am special to him. And I'll store up those reassurances in my mom heart and dole them out to myself when he's older and forgets how much I need them.
Linking today with Lisa-Jo…
Lovely words here. My heart melted when you wrote of the "I love you" sign. What a ordinary but extraordinary sign.
Oh how I relate to that post! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for visiting, Kristin and Shannon! Like adults, I don't think our kids realize how much impact they can have on our hearts. It's the little reassurances, right? That's all I need.
So sweet- he knew. It's those moments isn't it? xo
Loved reading this! Made me smile. :) Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Cole and Dana, for stopping by today! I think every mom can relate. Thanks for the encouragement!
What a precious post! Thank you for sharing.
Such sweet tears filled my eyes reading this testimony of mother/child love. I'm very familiar with the ruler game.
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