Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What moved me this week?
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What inspired me this week?
I've been thinking about my mother lately. You see, we had our daughter and her family visiting this week and when they left a few days ago I thought of something my mother always said after my family visited her and my dad. She would call me a couple of days after our departure and mention how much she missed us, then she would chuckle and say, "The first few minutes after you left I gave a little sigh of relief, then after I caught my breath I started to miss you all over again." I never took offense to the first part of that thought -- if anyone knew "tired", it was me back then.

I think most of you know that my husband and I have seven children. The eldest one was 10 years old when I had the youngest, so they are very close in age -- stair steps to be precise. (That's a picture of our fam back in '96.) ...Back to my mother's comment. When my daughter and her little family of three left the other day, I realized I was a little spent from all the fun we had, but 10 minutes later I was sucking up tears missing that little family terribly. That's when I remembered my mother's comments. What moved me was the realization that years ago when our young family would go to my parent's home for a visit, it wasn't just three people coming for a spell, but NINE. Our visits must have seemed overwhelming to my parents, but they never let on. At the time I was used to our large family, but to my parents having that many show up for a little "R & R" must have been a bit staggering. Instead of acting overwhelmed they always showed us a wonderful time taking us on family outings that we probably wouldn't have been able to afford on our own and showering us all with attention and love. I know Mother's Day is a couple of weeks off, but I just thought I would tip my hat to my mother for all she's done for our family over the years. She truly is a wonder and she moves me with her thoughtfulness, and her generous spirit is an inspiration to our whole family.


What surprised me this week?
One of the most amazing parts of being a mother or grandmother is watching your offspring explore and experience new things. This week we took our visiting grandson to a butterfly pavilion. This "tropical rainforest" is home to more than 1200 live butterflies. They fly freely in this enclosure occasionally landing on an unsuspecting soul. It's a sight to behold -- especially when seen through the eyes of an 18 month old. Take a look at these expressions...
It's an incredible thing to watch a child see something for the first time and experience such awe and amazement. Their feelings are so pure and unadulterated. An experience that we adults take as somewhat familiar can surprise and delight us even more when we see the event through the eyes of a child.

9 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Thank you....I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. My mom is way over on the West coast....I've lived away from her for over 25 years now....always so difficult to say goodbye at the end of a visit. I also well up in the eyes and have a difficult moment to see off my college kiddo after each visit...*sigh* never easy

Maryam said...

Loved it-
If you're still lonely, I'll be your friend! Just call me! love m

Jean said...

Great post and so true! I feel that way every Monday after my sweeties go home. Watching Jerzie discover is really a joy that I missed with my kids as I was struggling so hard to survive. Jean

Carolynn said...

I had no idea you have such a large family. Wow.

I've been to a hummingbird enclosure similar to this and it was absolutely delightful. I would like to experience a butterfly one.

I laughed to see your grandson with his mouth open and a butterfly winging its way toward him...did he 'catch' any in there?

Shannon said...

That was so sweet. We all admire grandma also and we miss you guys a lot too!

Judy said...

What a sweet description of your mother. Our family has been blessed over the years many times by her concern and love for us. All of our children know what is meant when we say, "That's SO Aunt Mary." Her concern for others and her selflessness are amazing. Oh, we do love her.

MiaKatia said...

Dang, now I am crying. I love your Mom, and you and Mark, and all seven of your kids (one in particular). What a beautiful post!

Shawn said...

Great story....

Renee said...

What a great story! I see the relief in my parent's eyes when we leave as well. It's the same look I get around 7,8 o'clock in the morning when I see the school bus pull up! Is that wrong?