Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Little Eavesdropping Moment

So I was at Taco Bell today, having lunch with a co-worker when I heard the most amazing thing come out of the mouth of a little boy that was having lunch with his mom a couple of tables away. Now, I don't make it a habit to listen in to every one's conversations, but since becoming a mother, I seem to have this knack of being able to hear and understand the words of children more now than I used to...at least I seem to catch myself noticing kids more in public than I used to. Anyway, as I was taking a bite of my soft taco (delicious...btw) I hear this boy of approximately 6 years of age say to his mom, "Mom, this is the best day of my life!" He said it with such gusto and excitement. It really got my attention. The mom asked him what made this day so great, and he replied with yet another attention grabbing statement that I think would grab the heart of any mother. "Because you made it the best day, mom." I'm not kidding. That's what he said. I then caught the two of them sharing a quick peck. It's those little moments that make parenting worth all the work. How many of us get the pleasure of hearing our children tell us that their day is the best just because we're in it with them? My warm fuzzy "mom" moment was shattered when I realized that she probably didn't have many more years left where simply taking her son to Taco Bell for lunch would qualify as one of the "best days of his life". How soon is he going to want to stop kissing her in public, yet alone talk to her when there are other people around. Kids, they grow so fast. I hope all of us can have a special "Taco Bell" moment before our kids find something or someone else to give them the "best day of their lives".

-Marie

4 comments:

Mother Cardinal said...

I had my taco bell moment yesterday. I have been feeling under the whether and when I woke up from my nap it was past dinner time. My 7 year old who normally has no empathy at all(due to her autism)comes up to me and says are you okay now mom? Are you hungry? would you like me to fix you some bowl of Macs -n- Cheeses. It made my heart melt and for a brief moment I forgot I was sick.

Anonymous said...

great blog post and comment from mother cardinal. As a daddy, my heart melts. I now log off for the night and go kiss the heads of my two sweet daughters (nearly 4 and .5 years).

Shawn said...

Both your story Marie and your comment Mother Cardinal made me smile. How sweet!

chitchatmoms@yahoo.com said...

Super sweet! I keep reminding myself I only have a few more years where the older two want to hang out with me. I have to soak in every TB moment I can!
-Sara