Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Day After Mother's Day

For all you mothers who are reading this, I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.

Mine was super-extra ordinary expialidocious. That may sound strange coming from me because I didn't see a single person and my dinner came out of the microwave. But wait - In the morning I watched the colorful Lilly petals unfold from the bouquet Lynne sent me. In the afternoon Mark called and we had a long and happy chat. In the evening Gail called for an even longer chat. She told me to look at the comments on yesterday's blog. I teared up when I read them and I hope you will forgive my pride as I print them for everyone to see. I know some of you have already read them, but for those of you who haven't, the copy is below.

To my Mom,

I want to thank you for all that you've given me. Not only for the obvious gifts, but the unique...

Thank you for
a Dr. Seuss - Cat in the Hat - One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
love of reading

Thank you for
a Stravinsky Tchaikovsky Debussy
love of music

Thank you for
an inspired, letting me tell you my well-rehearsed, richly-detailed lie - while nodding and keeping a straight face - and then saying "That's funny, that's not the way I heard it..." lesson in honesty (I can't tell a lie to this very day!)

Thank you for
concerts, plays, ballets...
museums, art and jazz

Thank you for
liberal leanings, a thinking for myself, don't take things at face value outlook on life

Thank you for
inspiring me with your strength, wisdom, and courage

Thank you for
the knowledge that I have a powerful, "I've got your back" ally no matter what

Happy Mother's Day!

With love,

And to finish this Mother's Day celebration here are some cute comments from children.
Nothing, but nothing, is funnier that children's comments. Art Linkletter had it right; they do say the darndest things.


Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


Looking to the Stars said...

Darlene, what a sweetie you have for a daughter. That was wonderful of her to tell you how special you are!!!
I loved all the kidlet sayings, kids do say the darnest things and fill our hearts with laughter :)
Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day, you deserve it and more!

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed have a sweetheart for a daughter! That is priceless! How fortunate you and I both are to have the children that we do! I love all the things that kids say and these are super! As a former teacher, I do remember sometimes having to leave the classroom for a few minutes to keep from laughing out loud at some things would say or write! Thanks for a great post and lots of laughs.

Darlene said...

*Lois and Sylvia - I confess that I agree with you; my daughter is a real sweetheart.

Darlene said...

*Lois and Sylvia - I confess that I agree with you; my daughter is a real sweetheart.

Vagabonde said...

Thanks for writing comments on my blog. I enjoyed reading your post today and shall return to read some more.

ugich konitari said...

Darlene, you have such a fine daughter... you must be one proud mother....

LadyLuz said...

Aren't these children's sayings priceless! Where can I read more of them?

What a great daughter you have Darlene. So heart-warming to know of her appreciation.

joared said...

Lovely comments from your daughter. Our generation is lucky communication is so easy with our children who don't live near by. I remember when a card or letter alone would have been the only means 'cause long distance phone calls could be so expensive.

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - Thank you for visiting my blog.

*Ugich - Thank you. We both have fine daughters. Lucky us!

*Lady Luz - I sometimes get children's sayings via e-mail. I will post them if I get any more.

*Joared - Oh yes, I remember those days. Sometimes we sent telegrams because it was cheaper. Thank God for calling cards. I can yak for an hour and not feel guilty.

millie garfield said...

What a wonderful note from your daughter. It tells me a lot about what a loving daughter you have and what a GREAT MOTHER you are! (I knew it anyway)

And those kids thoughts, can't beat them.

Darlene said...

* Millie - What a lovely compliment you gave me and one for my daughter. Thank you so very much.

* To all of you who commented on my daughter - on her behalf I want to thank you. I know she will appreciate the gracious words.

Joy Des Jardins said...


Gail's comments on your blog post are PRICELESS....the best. Is there anything better than that? I got all teary reading how that child loves you and how much you mean to her. It's a beautiful thing when your child is so open with her love for you. As a mother, it warmed my heart to read it....I can imagine what it did to YOUR heart. ~Joy

Grannymar said...

That was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful mum! I am glad you enjoyed your day.

Chancy said...

I wanted to tear up as I read the comments from your daughter Gail. You surely raised her right.