Friday Free for All -- Our Best Moments as Moms
In response to repeated suggestions last Friday during our worst moments as moms, here we are on the flip side: Tell us one of your best moments.
To get the discussion started, I'll tell two of mine. (It's much harder to write about my strengths as a mom than vice versa!)
First, on Mother's Day my kids and I competed against each other for who could chew the most sticks of sugarless gum at once. The rule was that I had to double the kids' count. My personal best was 34 pieces of Trident Bubble Gum and I still lost to MJ who successfully masticated a whopping 28 pieces. My husband videotaped the event. It was disgusting -- I can still taste the buckets of sickly sweet liquid dripping down my throat. But it was a helluva lot of fun, and I sure hope the kids remember me in my pajamas, choking and laughing with a wad of pink goo in my mouth instead of me screaming at them to put their dirty clothes in the hamper.
Second, my middle child has always had a flair for clothing ensembles. When she was three, she used to page through my copy of People magazine and cut out the most outlandish celebrity outfits. I always let her dress herself, remembering how independent it made me feel when my mother let us pick our clothing (my favorite instance: The Easter Sunday my little brother trotted off to church wearing a fancy Easter suit atop his favorite ratty red sneakers).
One February morning, MJ came down for breakfast wearing her cherished multi-striped winter tights and a zebra-striped bathing suit her grandmother had sent for Valentine's Day. Nothing else. Halloween costumes in Greenwich Village can't compare. She wore the outfit proudly to daycare. I will never forget her running down the hall to her classroom, a skinny blur of colored stripes, and how other parents' heads turned as she flew by smiling.
To me, one of the most important parts of parenting is figuring out -- and actively supporting -- what makes my children tick. Despite many failings as a mom, I've gotten this right with all three kids. I hope the knowledge that at least one other human being on this planet -- me -- accepted and adored what makes them unique will stick with my kids after I'm long gone.
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