The Sweetest Gift of All

Posted by ZenMom Friday, December 18, 2009

Our sweet Little Stinker's been sick the last few days.

Actually sweet is probably not  best choice of adjectives here.  Cranky's more like it.

Hmm, even that can't accurately reflect his mood.  I'd say grumpy.  Uber grumpy.  Yeah, that's it.

But I can't really blame him.

It all started Wednesday night, when his preschool put on THE cutest Christmas program.  OK, I'm a bit biased, I know.  Anyway, he was up there, singing his little heart out for the first half.

Then all of a sudden, he just stopped.  And stared.  Not exactly staring, he put his hands up to his eyes like he had binoculars and was searching the crowd.  Did I mention he was smack dab in the middle for all to see?

And for his encore, he would sneer at anyone who would look his way and smile.  Guess some of my Scrooge-like behavior has rubbed off on the little guy.  Uh oh.

By the time we got home, he had that tell-tale glazed look in his eyes and was running a pretty good fever.

If it were any other week, we would have camped out at home and let him convalesce.  But this is not just any week.  It is THE week for holiday festivities, especially for those of the school aged variety.

So the poor kid was dragged from store to store, party to party.  And I had a grumpy kid?  Go figure.

So by the end of today -- the Mother of all Holiday Party days -- the little guy was pooped.  Still running a fever, I delivered him up to his bed, but he was too miserable to sleep.  I tried to make my exit downstairs, he stuck to me like glue.  When I asked him if he wanted to come downstairs he just shook his head.

And then he said what all women dream of hearing one day.

"Please stay."  Big pause.  Then, wide eyed, he added, "You're Mom  And I need you."

No sweeter words were ever spoken.  So there I stayed, while the other kids were downstairs running with scissors, setting fires or engaging in some other wholesome activity.  Because I'm mom and I said so.

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  1. Amie Says:
  2. Awwwwee, heart melting just reading that.

  3. Another big awwwwwwww from me. You even squeezed out a few teardrops from a haggard soul! Moments like these is what we live for, right?!! At least I do. I'm so glad you stayed and enjoyed the moment with him. I would have too.

  4. Those truly are the sweetest words-my son can get pretty much anything out of me if he acts like that - but luckily he hasn't quite figured that out yet!

  5. Luschka Says:
  6. AW! That is soooo sweet!

  7. "You're my mom and I need you", what mom wouldn't melt when hearing those words. So sweet and how cute he must have looked at that concert searching for you. Kids are so darn cute sometimes, fever and all.

  8. Susan Fobes Says:
  9. You're going to make me cry! How can one line just tear your heart out? Motherhood...

  10. Oh my gosh, that is just the sweetest thing. I wouldn't have wanted to budge from his side for 2seconds!

    I remember my son getting sick like that in the middle of his Two Year birthday party. He got so quiet and observant (complete opposite of his typical self). Fever followed......

  11. Erin Says:
  12. hope he's feeling better by now! no fun to be sick over the holidays...

  13. Hi! I was just reading some of your older posts and for some reason couldn't get the comment thingy to work on them, so I'm posting my comment randomly here. I liked your post from November about the Christmas decoration catastrophe and being ready for your kiddos to go back to school. I am attempting to homeschool my 5 year old this year and some days I think maybe I am insane. Anyway, its realllllly reallly good to know I am not the only one to have these thoughts and feelings. Thank you! I love your blog so much. Its funny, entertaining, insightful, and true!

  14. kys Says:
  15. Sons really have moms wrapped around their little fingers don't they? I hope he's feeling better!

  16. Hey, just wanted to let you know that you're invited to my New Year's Party today. I have a little something for you there!

  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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