I have a very rare statement to make ... one that will certainly change ... one that, on this occasion of Mother's Day 2009, I thought appropriate to call out as the best possible gift to this particular mother.
"My Kids are 100% Great and the cause of Zero Pain or Strain."
This is the fist time in a long time, if ever, I've said this. Let's face it, diapers are a pain. Whining kids are a pain. Kids with hormones, I imagine, are a pain. Kids asking for money are a pain. Right now, at this very small moment in time, my husband and I are free from parenting pain!
(Our family, on April 25th, on the Boston Common. Seen here, Oscar, Margo, Kurt, Sophie and a wonderful street performer named Steve.)
Our Oldest, Sophie turns 14 on Monday.
She just brought home a report card with high honors. She's sweet, makes her own lunch, does her own laundry, helps watch over the kids. We love hanging out together on the weekends. She plays the oboe in an award-winning wind ensemble.She plays Lacrosse. She is confident enough, suddenly, to apply, interview, and go to Australia for three weeks this summer as part of the People-to-People Ambassador program.
Our Middle, Margo-a-Go-Go, just turned 7.
She's spirited and spunky. Recently, she has dialed back her at-home frequent state of "dominant-assertiveness" into a type of maturity that is great to see. Her brain is a bon-fire of activity. She has just learned to read. Her artwork is amazing. She is patient and playful with her little brother. She listens and is respectful. She does sneak stuff she shouldn't -- like Reeses's Peanut butter Cups bought for her sister's birthday, but come on, who doesn't love a peanut butter cup?
Our "Little Man," Oscar, just turned 4.
He lives for super heros, dirt, cars, cartoons, and sports. He loves his mommy (and his daddy, but this is about Mother's Day!). When no one is looking, I get the sweetest hugs -- and sometimes a kiss -- than anyone could ever ask for. Our hearts melt for Oscar. He's kind, determined, curious, easy to be with, and just fun to watch. We also learned recently that he is comfortable on stage. He inserted himself and broke dance for a crowd of about 100 people in Boston a couple weekends ago -- only to one-up that by respectfully inserting himself into the center of the Big Apple Circus and a crowd of about 1,000 to direct the orchestra with the head-clown.
So hold the cards and the jewelry. I'm good. No, I'm down right great.
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One request, avoid telling me my state of kid bliss is about to change. I suspect as much and am working to celebrate the moment!