Holidays

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Mom,

There’s a problem with Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s not when we’re little. Then it’s easy because a teacher hands you paper and macaroni and gold paint and voila! Mother’s Day from the heart and you didn’t even have to wash sticky fingers.

As we get a little older, it’s still pretty easy. We have new skills each year that we can incorporate into an entirely new celebration of Mother’s Day. We learn to express ourselves. We learn to say thank you.

Eventually, we get old enough that we learn how important mothers really are and we really, really say thank you. And I’m sorry. And if only I knew then what I know now. And you must have been a saint to put up with me then (and now).

When we get our own kids, we start to learn that you taught us how to mom and we celebrate Mother’s Day by thanking you for that too. And sending you pix of the grandkids, because you can never go wrong with that.

Some of us grow up to get our own blog and we write joyful (public) letters celebrating (publicly) the incredibleness of our own mom. The next year we try to say all the things we forgot to say the first year.

And then here we are four years of public blogging later, facing a blank screen and wondering how we can say (differently) that you’re the best mom ever and we’re so grateful for all you’ve done. Then and now.

See what I mean? There’s a problem with Mother’s Day? Because how do tell someone they’re better than best? That you wouldn’t be half the person you are without them? Without sounding like you’re repeating yourself from prior years?

Can’t be done.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love, Your Kid

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (Without Talking About Avocados)

5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (Without Talking About Avocados)

Dear Kid,

May the Fifth is also known as the Revenge of the Fifth Day. DearKidLoveMom.comIn honor of it being the 5th Day of the 5th Month, I bring you 5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (and I’m not going to talk about avocados).

5. Most people in Mexico don’t really care about Cinco de Mayo. It’s just another day. Because

4. It isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the vastly outnumbered, out resourced, out of options Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla (1862).

3. Cinco de Mayo became popular in the US after President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Good Neighbor Policy in 1933. His intent was to improve relations with Latin America. Perhaps not everyone has read their history…

2. May 5th is not just Cinco de Mayo. It’s also the day Carnegie Hall opened (1891), the day John Thomas Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution (1925), and the day NASA launched the first manned space flight (1961). This year it’s also International Tuba Day (the first Friday in May).

1. And finally, May the Fifth is also known as the Revenge of the Fifth Day. (This refers to following Star Wars Day, not to whatever you drink at a Cinco de Mayo party.)

Whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you have a good day.

Love, Mom

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It’s Star Wars Day (and I Really Should Not Have Had That Last Cup of Coffee)

It’s Star Wars Day (and I Really Should Not Have Had That Last Cup of Coffee)

Dear Kid,

It’s Star Wars Day.

We’ve talked about Star Wars Day (which is to say I’ve talked and you’ve read). And after careful research (and by “research” I mean I had a cup of coffee), I can confidently say there are no more interesting yet sufficiently non-obscure facts about SW for me to talk about (if you want insanely obscure, you’ll have to do your own research).

May the Fourth Be With You. Happy Star Wars Day! DearKidLoveMom.comHaving nothing Star Wars related to write about, I turned on the TV and found the Big Bang Theory episode with James Earl Jones talking about Star Wars. (I kid you not. It was on. And it was an episode I’d not seen before. Win-win.) I didn’t learn anything particularly new about Star Wars, but I did enjoy myself.

Then my brain took a left turn (and I went along for the ride). I started thinking ‘May The Fifth Be With You.’ I thought ‘I wonder what they were drinking in the bar in Star Wars.’ And then I thought ‘But if we’re going to be drinking a fifth of something on May the fifth it should probably be tequila. Which makes me a day early for Cinco de Mayo.’ Then I thought ‘I probably shouldn’t have had that last cup of coffee.’

Have you ever read a really good book and raced through it because you couldn’t put it down only to be disappointed at the end because you finished it? And then you find out there’s a sequel and you’re so happy you jump around in little circles? And fly out the door to purchase the sequel which you then read all in one sitting because it’s so good but then you’re finished and you’re just so sad it’s over? Star Wars will never be over. They are going to keep making Star Wars movies until the technology is so advanced that we will all have movie chips implanted in our brains.

Let’s just cross our fingers and hope the story telling remains exceptional.

I’ve got a good feeling about this. (See what I did there? Extra points if you get it.)

May the Fourth Be With You.

Love, Mom

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Guess Who’s Coming Home!

Dear Kid,

So this is cool.

calendar keep yourself healthyMy calendar popped up a reminder: The Kid comes home no later than today.

And by today, I mean TODAY!

That is pretty wonderful.

Of course, by the time you actually get her, it will be practically tomorrow, but that’s OK. You’ll still be here.

For a while at least.

OhMyGoodness! I need to figure out menus! Because I’m pretty sure you’re going to want something more than bananas and yogurt while you’re here.

Yark!

Love, Mom

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Did You Hear? I Had a Birthday

Did You Hear? I Had a Birthday

Dear Kid,

I had a birthday. (You knew that.)

It wasn’t really my choice, but apparently I didn’t get a vote.

Most of my birthday was fabulous (and by “most” I mean 99.76%). Lots of people sent birthday wishes, Grandma found the World’s Best Birthday Card, and there were a couple of fabulous surprises during the day.

Best Birthday Card Ever. DearKidLoveMom.com

The teeny little problem is that I got older. When you’re your age, getting older isn’t a bad thing. It can even be a good thing. When you’re my age, getting older means wrinkles. And the older you get, the more “presents” the Wrinkle Fairy drops off.

Dang Wrinkle Fairy. And her cousin Gray Hair.

Most of my friends sent lovely wishes. Especially the ones confirming that I was only 29 (and therefore only entitled to a small drop off from the Wrinkle Fairy). A few people sent weirder messages reminding me that I am an Aging Human. One sent a message saying “Only 50 more birthdays until you can retire”. I kid you not. I still haven’t figured out what to think about that one.

Did I tell you that even Google knew it was my birthday? Is that cool or creepy? I’m just not sure.

Is it cool or creepy that Google knows it was my birthday? DearKidLoveMom.com

On the whole, I think I’ll have another birthday next year.

Love, Mom

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Happy International Moment of Laughter Day

Dear Kid,

Happy International Moment of Laughter Day DearKidLoveMom.comHee-Hee-Hee.

Giggle.

It’s International Moment of Laughter Day.

Snicker.

Which means you should take a moment to laugh, smile, and perhaps even chortle out loud.

My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.

Listen to jokes, tell jokes, just don’t be the subject of jokes.

Snigger.

Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Mother: Why didn’t you use a coaster!

Guffaw.

I didn’t say they had to be good jokes.

OK, fine. Don’t like the joke idea? Watch a puppy chase his tail. Don’t have a puppy? Why do you think YouTube was invented?

Find something to laugh about today. It’s a holiday. Celebrate.

Love, Mom

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