Before I was a Mommy…I wondered about all of the trinkets and handmade items my mom had collected from my brother and I over the years. I was curious about her decision to proudly display stuffed animals we had given as gifts years after the fact.
I tilted my head in bewilderment at the notion that I would ever find such joy in an illegible card or keep the first writing of “Mommy” in my bedside table even after my children are grown.
But I get it now. Today I received the best gift I have ever received.
This came home from school with Delaney today. The note says:
A piece of me I give to you. I painted this flower to say I love you. The heart is you. The hand is me. To show we are friends-the best there can be. I hope you will save it, and look back someday, at the flower we shared on your special day. Happy Mother’s Day.
Yes, I cried. Yes, I will keep it forever. Yes, I want it hanging in my room. Yes, I want to cast it in bronze so it never loses its shape or size. Yes, I will likely cry every time I read it. Yes, Delaney will hit her teen years and roll her eyes in disbelief that something so small can have such a special place in my heart. And I will just have to give her the same knowing smile my mom gave me.
Since Delaney is just now almost 4…this is the first time I have received a ‘created by Delaney’ gift. I can’t wait to create my own special stash of these wonderful treasures.