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Mother’s Day: Celebrating my Greatest Achievement

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Today I celebrate my greatest achievement. I’m sure it is apparent how much I adore my three sons. They are all kind, caring and loving, not to mention handsome, intelligent, successful, and definitely more humble than their mother.

I am especially proud of the fathers my two eldest have become with the help of the wonderful mothers of their children.

Raising Boys to Men

When my boys were growing up, people always commented on how difficult it must be to raise three boys. I wondered about that comment as I never had any daughters to compare the boys to and I always thought it was an unfair exaggeration.

These days one would call the comments sexist and all kinds of other descriptive words popular in our vocabulary today.

I have to admit, I loved every minute of it. Ok, maybe not every single minute, but 99.9% of them.

Disputing the Theory

As a mother of three boys and a grandmother to three grandsons, I dispute the opinion that boys are more difficult to raise. They may be busier physically, with different interests, but not harder or more stressful.

My father, who raised three boys and three girls, always said the girls were harder. His theory was based on the fact that he worried more about the girls until they were married. Perhaps another sexist comment, but the norm and and non-offensive back then.

Boys will be Boys

There is something to be said for the saying “boys will be boys.” My experience is that (most) little boys are fascinated with things like bugs, dirt and mud, cars and trucks, dinosaurs and more. I don’t believe these interests are taught and learned, but more instinctive or innate. Encouraged (as they should be) perhaps, but not taught.

For example, my four year old grandson can spend hours flipping over rocks looking for bugs. His big sister and younger female cousin, not so much. They tend to run from the bugs, as fast as they can.

And, one of the words my youngest grandson, at just one year old, can say is vroom, vroom. OK, that’s two words, but I’m sure you get the gist.

Tomboys Raising Boys

Perhaps I find boys easy to handle because I was a tomboy growing up, much to the chagrin of my mother. I preferred playing hockey, football, and other sports with the boys instead of playing dolls with the girls. I don’t recall though, being particularly enamoured with bugs.

You could say I had lots of practice hanging out with the boys, that could be why I have so much patience with my grandsons’ antics and interests.

Conclusions

In closing, bearing and raising happy and healthy children is something to celebrate. Even though mine are now adults, I still consider them to be my greatest achievements in life, bar none!

Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of you celebrating your own achievements!

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Mother’s Day weekend

Mother’s Day weekend is a great opportunity to get lots of chores checked off my gardening to-do list.  Unfortunately, owning a gardening business means that my own garden is low on my priority list.   Luckily, my sons are quite willing to help me work through my list on Mother’s Day weekend.

This year Saturday was spent in the company of one son helping his friend’s mother plant some trees in her yard.  Not my garden, but something I had promised to do.  He can get done in one hour what it would easily take me all day to do.  There were lots of plants that needed to be removed as well as a trench that needed to be dug before the trees went in…

 

As I have done for the past twenty Mother’s Days, I woke up Sunday morning missing my own mother and mother-in-law, both who left this world much too young and way too early in my life.  Why is it that you never fully appreciate something until it is gone?  Today and always, I especially long for the chance to show them both what wonderful grandsons they share…

 

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Back to my Mother’s Day activities this year…After enjoying a delicious Sunday brunch prepared by my youngest son…

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…we headed outside to get my pond up and running for the season…

 

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My son is grilling tonight’s dinner on the BBQ as I write this, to be served with green beans and twice baked potatoes followed by blizzards from Dairy Queen for dessert. Yummmmm….

This Mother’s Day will be capped off by a dinner out tomorrow night with all three sons and my husband.  I am a lucky woman and a very proud mother!

 

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Mother’s Day Rose in October

My son presented me with a rose for Mother’s Day this past May.  He decided it would be best to purchase a potted plant as they “don’t die like cut flowers do”.  I guess this apple didn’t fall far from the tree; sounds like something I would say!   After it bloomed for weeks in the house, I planted it in a nice sunny spot in my front garden and it is now blooming again, in October!

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 Since it is planted near my front door, I see and smell it every time I come home or leave the house.

 Mother’s Day in October; i love it!