Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happily Ever After

Rojo had a really great birthday, and got about a million presents. As my cousin Julie said, "It doesn't hurt when your mom blogs that it's your birthday."

Have a recent college graduate working with him this summer, she just got her degree in special ed and needed some summer employment, and let's face it, I needed the break she provides 2-3 days a week, 3-hours at a time.

Made a list of all the gifts Rojo got, and from whom, and asked her to take him up to Bi-Mart and have him pick out thank you cards, and then gave her the daunting task of managing the writing of said thank you notes. "How many should I get, one package? 8-10?"

"No," I said. He's popular. We need at least 20."

When I got home 20 thank you notes were all done and ready for me to address, stamp and mail. Happy. Few things please me more than getting something checked off the list.

One slight catch. He'd picked Disney princess thank you notes. The boy has never seen a Disney movie. Never read a Disney book. Has no interest in princesses. Don't know what got into him. Probably just a whim. His tutor said she tried to steer him towards a few others, dogs, cars, etc., boy cards, but no, it was Disney princesses for my kid. Maybe he just thought they were pretty - he is 14 now, you know.

And so it is.

Inside the card it says something about thank you for making his happy ever after.

So, thank you, all of you, for your wishes, your gifts, your physical expressions. Presents are nice and fun to open, but most of all, thank you for your presence. Priceless.



Deb Shucka said...

The boy knows what he knows, and he's never wrong. I love that you've given him the gift of learning to show gratitude in this concrete way. And I love that you teach him about gratitude just by being you. said...

So glad he had a good b-day, and SCORE on the college grad. Go you!

amber said...

I'll bet you he did think they were pretty. Ha! Better than "Bratz", you know. THEN you would have to worry.


Tabitha Bird said...

I love that you sent those princess cards any way :) I'd do the same. Hugs to you.

Wanda said...

Oh, oh...girls on the mind?

kario said...

Maybe it was the message he was digging. Nothing like "happy ever after" for that boy!

Drama Mama said...

Again, God bless you and your college grad for letting him be who he is.

Quick story: Miss M went to preschool with a little boy, C. (He is NT) C liked to wear girls clothing, carry a princess lunchbox, etc.

When he got to 2nd grade, he still did it, only when he got home from school.

In 4th grade, he started SEWING his own designs - fabulous asian-inspired pajama loungers. He called me over to secretly show me the exquisite pearl of his mother's that he wore. He just wore it. Just everyday. No more hiding after school.

I remember at that moment loving his mother, whom I had never had much regard for, for giving him the space to be who he is.

Why am I telling you this? I dunno. I just love that you are the mother who buys your boy the Elmo balloon, and lets him send princess thank you notes.

That's love.