Sunday, May 10, 2009
I usually hate it when my birthday falls on Mother's Day because it seems like one or the other gets lost in all the "expected" fanfare. I don't have to worry about it too much since it only happens every 7 years I think. But this year, my family truly out did themselves. They surprised me with cake and presents on the 9th for my birthday. The kids picked a beautiful necklace for me and Dustin got me a GPS system so I don't have to worry about getting lost on anymore field trips. My parents got me a modest bathing suit which I am pretty pleased with and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Best of all, my mom took all four generations to hear a lovely speaker at the local Baptist church. This was a huge sacrifice for her as she usually does not like to go such events. But she was thinking of me and what I like. It was wonderful and really nice to be with the whole family.
The next morning we enjoyed a nice breakfast together and I received a shocking gift. My mom had her original engagement ring re-sized to fit me. It is a beautiful solitaire set in gold petals. I have secretly longed to inherit this ring. My parents were poor growing up and had planned to get married without an engagement ring but my dad surprised her and bought her one a month or so before the wedding. At the time that he had gotten the ring it cost $300 which was alot of money in 1972 for an unemployed man just out of the Army. So my dad scrimped and saved and did odd jobs so he could buy the ring. As I sat there staring at the ring I wondered what it was like for my mom at the age of 21 years old to sit and stare at her new ring and dream of what her future would hold. Needless to say I cried, my mom cried and my dad sat there with a silly grin watching the both of us fawn over this special moment.
The kids took one of my favorite pictures of them and framed it....can't wait to place on my dresser. I truly felt honored and cherished and treasured this weekend.