Three years ago I decided it would be a great idea to wake up Tommy with silly string on his very last day of Kindergarten. I have no clue how I came up with this idea, but it sounded like a fun time. Of course he loved it, even though it made an insane mess in his bed. He woke up laughing and confused and even though we had to wash his sheets and vacuum his blankets, I knew it was worth all of the smiles and giggles from my boy. That day, I picked him up early from school, took him to eat at our favorite restaurant and treated him to a special toy for working so hard all school year. And just like that, a sweet mother-son tradition was born that day.
As this last week of school approached, Tommy began bubbling with anticipation.
"I can't wait for the last day of school! You'll wake me up with silly string and we'll go to Alamo Cafe and we'll have fun together! I'm sooooo excited." He told me this every night all week long that I tucked him into bed, and I have to admit, I was just as excited about it as he was, and not just because it meant leaving work early.
He knows how deeply I love him. He knows how much I enjoy him - who he is, what he loves, his sense of humor. He knows that he is completely and utterly loved just as he is.
As we walked out of the restaurant to the car, he wrapped his arm around me and made a quiet "Hmmm" and sigh sound as he looked up at me with a small grin. I looked down at him, though not far down, because in one more foot from now, he will probably be as tall as I am.
"You're the best mom ever," he said. I felt his words hit me and I wanted to dismiss them, because I know how untrue that feels for me most of the time. I usually feel like I'm missing everything or I refuse to play, I snap at him or lose my cool and say things I wish I hadn't. I blow it so many times and he knows that I do because I apologize and admit when I'm wrong.
I hugged him back and kissed his head, and replied, "I know! I am pretty awesome. But, you're the best Tommy ever, and I'm only the best mom ever, because I have a you." And then he smiled and then burped a loud, obnoxious boy burp and we got in the car and picked up his brother to head out for more last day of school adventures together.