The best Mother’s Day gift I ever received was in 2003. It is a typed transcript of the conversation where my husband and our three oldest boys tried to decide what to get me. Devin was 10, Conner was 6 and Mitch was 5. Grant wasn’t born yet.
Handsome Hubby did some quick thinking, grabbed a pen and paper and recorded the discussion for posterity. This was printed onto pretty paper and I take it out and re-read it each year….
The men in your life recently got together to brainstorm about what to get you for Mother’s Day. Your 3 younger boys’ ideas were recorded verbatim, with appropriate context noted in parenthesis by your oldest boy, your husband.
“A diamond ring” – Devin
“A sombrero” – Devin
“A pet bunny, a live one!” – Conner
(an idea Devin thought was good until he found out someone has to care for the other pets too.)
“Pretty flowers” – Mitch
“A bunny statue” – Conner
(cause it’s easier to care for than a live one)
“Our love” – Conner
“A poem. Roses are red, apples are too, I love you” – Devin
(said with a hint of cheese in his smile)
“Roses are red, apples are too, this Valentine says I love you” – Conner
(exhibiting a little more sense for rhythm and rhyme)
“What’s a poem?” – Mitch
(stated with quizzical annoyance)
“A pretty colored rainbow” – Mitch
“A cake” – Mitch
“A kitten” – Conner
(another pet, see above)
“A pretty heart” – Mitch
“Pretty water for the flowers” – Mitch
“A bouquet of roses” -Devin
“A candle” – Conner
“Medicine to make her feel better” – Devin
“A pretty nice teacup” – Mitch
“I could show her some dancing moves” – Conner
(actually uttered with sincerity)
“We could decorate the house with loving things” – Conner
(a la Valentine’s Day)
“We could get her a teddy bear” – Devin
At this point, the meeting adjourned, Snickers ice cream with all the fixin’s having taken total control of all available attention.
Happy Mother’s Day from the men in your life, your 4 boys.
I know they also got me something that I unwrapped. I know that whatever it was, I liked it very much.
I know that whatever they give me this year, I will love, but it won’t be as precious to me as this transcript.
The bar was set pretty high in 2003… I don’t know how they’ll top it.