Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

First and foremost, this is for Amy, my daughter! Since my own mom, her g'ma, is no longer here to celebrate, except in our hearts, Amy is now the mother "du jour" for me. From one generation to the next!

As you know, Amy was gone all last week on a business trip and I got to be "mother/g'ma" to Nicholas for a week. Donica also was gone and this is what they missed:

The Secret Garden, by Nicholas (1st grade), 2007

Remember Monet's Garden last year when Nicholas picked up his work of art? This is his happy, proud smile of accomplishment this year. It almost looks like the same smile!

When Dennis was here a week ago, he helped Nicholas get his bike-riding bearings. This time I had my own chance to watch and take pics. Amy, you can be proud of your boy. He's growing up!

Because Donica flies back to Europe today (after being home 2 days!), we're celebrating Mother's Day with her mom on our way to the airport. (I'll follow suit, flying to Amsterdam tomorrow.)

That meant we celebrated the special day yesterday with Amy and Nicholas, right after his T-ball game.

Mother "du jour" with Proud Son!

BTW, when Amy arrived home Friday night from her week away, Nicholas was already in bed. As I helped her carry her suitcase upstairs, we both stopped dead in our tracks when we saw this note propped up on one of the steps:

Nicholas later told Amy that totally unbenownst to me, he had gotten up very quietly after I kissed him Good Night and wrote this note in the upstairs hallway. "And it wasn't very light. I could hardly see!" He was afraid to let G'ma know he was up.

OMG, Amy! I have told you this before and I will tell you again, you have been a model mother and mentor of my grandson. I marvel at you as a single mom and I learn from you. I can't pay you a higher compliment than to say I wouldn't want anyone else to be his mom!

And now for the rest of us, may we be so dearly loved and respected on this day of celebration. We all came from a mother somewhere. We all have a lot to be thankful for.


I'll talk to you next on the other side of the pond!


  1. Aww, what a darling little boy he is! I'm sure he knows how loved he is.

    Happy Mother's Day to you and Amy and have a good trip over!

  2. I love those little bikes, that are sized just right for learning.
    A sweet post for Mother's Day. Safe travels...

  3. Very heartwarming, Ginnie. :) Have a safe trip and a great Mother's Day!
    >>great big hugs<<

  4. Christina: He is definitely my heart's delight! I hope you've had a happy Mother's Day yourself! And thanks for your journey wishes.

    Susan: Yes, those bikes are just perfect for learning, aren't they. I'm guessing you've had your own fill of them. :) Thanks for your journey wishes.

    Mad: Thanks for the hugs and journey wishes!

  5. Mom, thank you so much for the very complimentary things you've said. It means so much to me that you of all people are proud of the mother I've become and it is so wonderful to hear because I know I feel as though I need that reaffirmation every now and then! I am very, very blessed to have such an amazing child and equally as blessed to have you and Donica in our lives. Thank YOU for your mark on my life and for being such an involved and supportive mother and grandmother. I love you!

  6. how amazing! I saw you came by my site. I hope your trip has been wonderful..

    What a great post, brought a tear to my eye...

  7. Amy: You couldn't have made me happier today than with these words. I feel so totally loved and blessed in my life and you and Nicholas are hugely responsible for that. Thank you. I love you, too!

    ET: It's still Sunday night as I write this and I don't leave the house till right after lunch tomorrow. But Donica is on her plane as we speak, arriving in Zurich tomorrow morning. You can be envious of her because I know that's where you'd like to be right now.

  8. What a beautiful post, Ginnie. Nicholas is such a gift, but it's no wonder if I look at all the love and support around him from wonderful people.

  9. It's true what Canadianswiss wrote, that it's no wonder Nicholas is who he is with the love that surrounds him. Reminds me of the juggler in Central Park and the poem "Children Learn What They Live."

    That note is AMAZING! You and Amy must have cried when you saw it! I did! a) He thought to write it; b) he WROTE it so well for his age and spelled everything right. I'm just astonished at his thoughtfulness and ability to express his love.

    BTW, I wept yesterday morning about two things: thinking of all the congregations singing Mom's song, and then wrapping Don's mom's gift, I wrote "MOM" with yellow and green pens, our mom's favorite colors.

  10. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Ginnie! Have a safe trip! I would have gotten choked up if I saw such a cute little note as well!

  11. CS: It does indeed take a village of loving people, doesn't it, to raise a child who also is loving. As a little Cancer boy, he will always have a special affinity to his mommy!

    Ruth: Oh yes. That
    juggler and poem
    were fantastic. Needless to say, Amy and I were astounded by that note. I never even thought to take a pic of it till the next day. So Amy recreated the scene and took it for me. It's funny, but I never once thought about Mom's song being sung yesterday. But I'm sure it did happen. And now that brings a tear to my eye!

    RRD: Yup. Choked up is a good way to put it. Thanks for the journey wishes, Stacey!

  12. Your grandson seems to be a very happy boy, and the expression on his face shows it. He's beautiful. Congrats on such a warmful family tribute.

  13. Thank you for sharing this wonderful words, photos and stories for Mother's Day.

    I'm so shameful, I still do not have an internet connection from our Summerhome - and are not able to comment more than 1-2 blogs during my working hours.

    Wish you the best.

  14. Lina: Yes, he is! He and I do a lot of laughing together, which I totally adore. Thanks for stopping by here, Lina! That means a lot.

    Tor: Please do not be "shamed" about not having your Internet yet at your summer house. We all know that you'll find us when you can. In the meantime, enjoy your life there...and keep working hard. :)

  15. Fabulous post! I enjoy your sharing about Nicholas and family. Loved his smile and the art work!

  16. Thanks to you, and Aunt Ruth's comments, now I have many tears in my eyes! Thanks, I love a good cry! Thanks for sharing the joy.

  17. Tim: Thanks! Gotta love this new generation of kids. Old Souls!

    Rachel: You are so welcome! Don't we love our kids to death!!!