Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mother's Day



You know how painful it is for me to be around boys these days, when every cute little guy in our town seems to be getting a spring haircut, wearing a baseball uniform, or walking through the town green?

Well, there's that.
And at church on Mother's Day, when I was trying to sing and not cry, Tim whispered, "How come every family in here seems to have a little boy climbing all over the dad?" So it's hard for him, too.

After a short mental health nap, I worked on painting the kitchen then got ready for Margaret's big outing that night. And, in an unplanned stroke of genius, it turned out to be THE place to go if you are trying to avoid seeing any preteen or teenage boys-- a Taylor Swift concert!

We, along with 13,998 other screaming moms and daughters (and a few intrepid dads) had an awesome time singing along to Taylor's hits, enjoying Ed Sheeran's opening act, and counting Taylor's costume changes (13?). It was a very positive Mother's Day activity.

Here's a funny story about when we gave Margaret the concert tickets last Christmas. We did our traditional poem scavenger hunt that took her all over the house to find her last "big" present. When she found it, it was just a large Fed-Ex envelope, and her face fell. As I filmed her, she looked up, at me: "An envelope? An envelope? You guys didn't name a star after me, did you?"

No Honey, but we do love you to the moon and back!





40 comments:

NBO Momma said...

We were there on Mother's Day, too. Such a great show. I have to tell you-- there was a woman next to me and for some reason she reminded me of you (and yes I am running the risk of sounding stalkerish since we have never actually "met" and I only "know" you from reading your blog for the past few months). Anyway, I don't think it was you. She was with a pre-teen daughter and also maybe a young adult daughter/niece/etc. But it did make me think of you and wonder how your Mother's Day was going. I'm glad you and your girl were able to find some joy.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So glad your day ended on a happy note with your sweet girl! She's growing up and looking more like you every day!

Japolina said...

Such a sweet story. Glad your MD did not turn out to be totally depressing! xoxo

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Anonymous said...

That is such a great picture of the two of you.

My heart goes out to Tim. Just because you don't talk about how he's doing very often, doesn't mean we forget that he is on his own path.

Since that saying on the wall was so important for your family, I assume there's a story behind painting over it, but that you will share it in your way, if you want to, and if you don't, that is understandable. Hopefully it means some kind of good change.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post as always. Love the story about Margaret! She is so gorgeous and looks so much like Jack. So sorry again for your loss. Love from amanda

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

Lovely Anna, so glad you had a wonderful time. Margaret is certainly growing up! gorgeous.
thinking of you often
love Fiona xx

Karen L. said...

So wonderful that you could share that together---a great mom and daughter activity! Taylor's so super, too. Margaret will always remember going with you. Happy Mother's Day to you and may the Lord continue to be your Rock.

The Empress said...

It was tough for my sister, Anna. This first Mother's Day without her boy. But she survived. I asked her what I could do, and she asked me to pray for her. She said the first miracle was that she was able to get out of bed that day. Then the 2nd miracle was that she got dressed, and to church. Then the miracles continued as she went to breakfast with her two sons, then on to #4 as they went to get plants for the garden in back. And on to #5 where their little new family survived up until dinner time. Then thank GOD above, because the sweet release of bedtime came. Monday morning, she woke up, and minute by minute, she had survived Mother's Day.Love to you, Anna, and I am grateful to God above for blessing you with miracles...

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good time. Margaret is so pretty! Thought of you on Mothers Day. Think of you often.
-Jackie in NY

Recovering Church Lady said...

And aren't you glad you did not name a star after her? Ha! Man I bet that Taylor Swift event was full of lots of high pitched screaming, don't think I could handle that.

If writing about the hard parts of life these days is helpful to you, then you know we can handle it. We are here for you and your readers understand. Everyone needs a safe place to dump the stuff you cannot say to the moms at the bus stop. We are that for you.

Sharon Lane said...

Holidays are always so hard. I'm so glad that you and Margaret were able to go out and have some fun together. She is getting so big! You're always in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

Em said...

You see the boys and I see the girls. Strange how what we want to hold so badly smacks us in the face. Glad the concert was a good place to go!

Christy said...

Did you see Jill and her girls there? I'm pretty sure they were there too. So glad you had fun, and her 'buy me a star' comment is SO DAMN FUNNY. Love you! xo

Eliza said...

Margaret is so beautiful! And she sounds like the wittiest child. I'm glad you enjoyed the concert together. <3

Mrs. E said...

She is looking so grown up! Just beautiful. Smart move on the Taylor Swift!

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

I love the Fed Ex envelope comment!
Greatidea on scavenger hunt!
We went to a TSwift concert in Denver. Great show!

Jenn said...

So fun that you two did that together. She's such a beautiful reflection of her mama. xoxo

Steph said...

What a fun way to spend time with your daughter on Mother's Day! Her comment about the star is too funny. I'm taking my daughter to see Taylor Swift tomorrow night here in Austin. She is beyond excited. Thanks for sharing.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love the star! Always seemed like a lame gift to me too.

Rachel said...

We were at that concert too! I'm glad that you and Margaret had fun; I thought it was a wonderful thing to do on Mother's Day!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

OH how I know that joy, my daughter who is now 18 was over the moon for Taylor a few years back. I remember sitting there just full of joy that she had set a goal and made it (met Taylor and was sitting in the pit) AND such pride for Taylor, overwhelmed with what her family must feel watching their little girl. Glad you all had a nice day, we do what we have to to get thru it all!

Arnebya said...

You have such a masterful way of bright siding things. I know this day is hard for you yet it comingles with happiness because of Margaret. You do an excellent job of being real about how you're feeling while still being open to and aware of the life around you.

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

What a great experience for you and Margaret! I will never forget when my mom took a few of my friends and I to a Tiffany concert for my 13th birthday...so many fun memories!! Thought of you often on Mother's Day. XO

Rach said...

I'm glad you survived the day, and that it ended in such a beautiful, uplifted way. :o)

I just have to say how much older Margaret looks in that bottom photo. Wow.

Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Margaret is awesome. You and Tim are too.

love,
jbhat

Anonymous said...

@The Empress, my heart goes out to your sister, and to you, too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love Margaret's thoughts on the big gift envelope at Christmas! Sounds like a lovely way to spend Mother's Day with her. ((HUGS))

Susan said...

So glad you were able to enjoy your day! <3

Kelly Pack said...

We've made it through 2 Mother's Days! Hugs

tracy said...

Oh yay - TS! I'm taking my girls to her concert in September. I think I am more excited than they are. lol

Amanda said...

I love Margaret! She is a total crack up.

Kim P. said...

Anna, my daughter and I were there too!!! We also gave her the tickets for Christmas....in an envelope. Great red head minds think alike. :) It was a great Mother's Day with my daughter, one I will never forget. Sending you and your family love from Purcellville!!!

Anonymous said...

she soo looks like Jack here, hugs!

Anonymous said...

Sweet, love Taylor, nice gift for both of you. Mary in NY

Lady Jennie said...

I don't know why I thought I had read this already. Gorgeous little apple-cheeked goodness in that daughter of yours.

My heart is full of ache for what you and Tim are feeling. Tim's words seem to drive it home especially.

But Margaret always knows how to lighten the mood. How I chucked at that one. And how very appropriate your last line was. :-)

Love you guys so much.

Meredith Self said...

hahaha. to the moon and back. right on!! that m cracks me up!

longtodolist said...

Anna. Thank you for being so honest in your posts. I'm sure it helps others to hear someone say what they feel. I understand your not being able to be around boys. It's painful. My son has paranoid schizophrenia which began showing itself when he was in 11th grade (8years ago). I found it painful to hear from his old teammate's parents or our neighbors, the stories of how well their sons were doing in college, in their jobs, with their girlfriends. I couldn't bear to be reminded of how small, painful and tortured my son's life had become. I pulled away and avoided anyone who might innocently ask how he was or what he was up to. I still struggle with that. I know you will, too. We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your sweet son.

Heidi said...

She is just so beautiful. I love that her face fell in disappointment. She holds nothing back, hey?
I thought about you hard (is that a thing?) on Mother's Day. You were on my mind all day. I'm glad you had this time with Margaret. The sweet in the bitter.
Love you, friend.

EatPlayLove said...

We gave our 9 year old daughter TS tickets for Christmas, too. We finally get to go next week!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Laughed out loud at Margaret's comment -- a star indeed. She's a gem. Sorry to catch up with your Mother's Day post so late, Anna. I do think and speak of you often even when I'm out of the blogosphere. Your writing always, always speaks to me.