Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Moment of Clarity" - Jay Z

I remember learning about bees when I was little. (Not the ones that go with birds, just the bees. The bumbling kind.) I don't remember much (blocked it out since I was terrorized by the close-up shots of yellow and black fur, enormous eyes and blurry wings, hovering over some innocent flower...or child...) but I do remember that they are always busy, busy, busy.

I think Peanut was a bee in a previous life. She reads while she eats. She sings while she cleans. (Let me re-phrase that...she sings while she pretends to clean.) She's constantly stealing using my computer paper, more markers, more tape, more string, more pens, more anything that might be useful. And then she sits at the kitchen counter and gets to work. (She swings her while she works.)

The topic of my birthday came up. Which always means, I get to hear what she wants for her next birthday, mingled with a barely audible, “momyeaIforgottogetyouapresent". She spent the next hour in her room singing, fumbling with papers and running in and out for more supplies.

Later, she emerged in the hallway, eyes lit up with pride. In her hands laid a few papers wrapped in tissue paper. On the cover, “Mom you freaking rock”.

 
I looked in her room.  Piles of who knows what.  A few drawing that didn't make the cut . . .covered the floor. 

I smiled.

"Mom, don't worry, I'll clean it up.", she said.
Not even close to what I was thinking.

What I was thinking . . . . I am blessed. My kid rocks.

And . . . .Ohhhhhhhh, this is what my mom meant when she said “I just want a card for my birthday” . . . this time I actually believe her. The Pita would be more than happy to take her out “shopping” for my gift. But I’m guessing this is a gift I’ll actually remember getting . . . Like next year & the year after that.

I’ve got everything I need. Love. Encouragement. Appreciation. 

And understanding . . . . . well unless I do something SUPER silly like this on my birthday:




And that’s freaking huge.


Best. birthday. ever.

26 comments:

pensive said...

happy birthday!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you're having an awesome day. :-D

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Wait!?!? Are you telling me we share the same birthday!?! I knew there was a reason I liked you so much, besides the fact that you are awesome of course... Happy Birthday, birthday twin!

Caroline said...

Mini Urban's bday is 02-02. Today he says "Well finally the next time we need a cake it will be for MY birthday cuz I am next now"!! That was followed by his wish list.

That was followed by his brother ruining his moment by saying "you are NOT next, you forgot Mom and we have no gift yet" So Jonathan says :"I have a gift, I will behave THAT day. What day is it again?"!!!!!!!!!!!!! bahhhh ha ha!!

Bonne Fete!!!!!

TriMOEngr said...

What? You didn't post a pic of her creation(s)? Disappointed. Don't you know that half the fun of receiving birthday gifts is showing them off?! Happy birthday! I hope PITA gets you something at least half as good as Peanut did.

Danielle C. said...

Awww....Happy Birthday (again)!

Emz said...

TriMOEnger. ... Love it.
I will most certainly post the photos....ummm tomorrow. :) got to get them all together!

Arica said...

Awesome! Holy Happy Birthday to you! I turn 35 next month, and I will run but no where near 35 miles...maybe 10?

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday! Yes seriously a card and maybe some chocolate are all this momma needs. I love seeing inside my kid's heads when they draw something. :)

racing dawn said...

Happy Birthday Girl! You deserve the best day ever!! So happy it's been a good one. Love homemade birthday cards...they're always the best ones!!!

Emz said...

Uhhhh mrs RD. you freaking rock.

Char said...

Happy Birthday!

It's true what you said - all we Mothers really want is love and appreciation.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Happy Birthday! What a great day.

Patrick Mahoney said...

happy birthday. not sure why you ran 35 when you only had to do 23 though. turnips.

coach dion said...

Birthdays do come round al to often, but I hope yours is a great one and i can't wait to see the pictures.

OH we were all onces kids and yes back then we also had energy... If I didn't run so much maybe I would have more energy!!!

Jennifer Raby said...

Happy Birthday! Wishing you another happy, healthy, kick-ass year :)

adena said...

Happy birthday again. Definitely pictures!! Homemade cards are 44,444x better than a purchased gift, well unless the gift is chocolate and then the card is still better but maybe not by much.

Laura said...

Happy Happy Bday! What a great year you have had and best wishes for many many more.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and 35 miles on the treadmill, you are my number 1 hero!

Aimee said...

Awww..I loved this! You're so right...the pictures and cards from our cards are worth more than any store bought thing. I'm glad you had a great birthday! :)

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday! Wishing you a most awesome day and year ahead!

MCM Mama said...

Happy belated birthday, but girl, you crazy running 35 miles on the mill. LOL.

NY Wolve said...

That is so awesome!

thedancingrunner said...

35 miles on the treadie?! You're a rockstar mama! Happy Birthday!

Angie said...

You are silly! And impressive, and inspirational and funny and wonderful. Hope you had a lovely day.

Sara said...

Happy (Late) Birthday! You are awesome and the relationship you have with your daughter just brings a HUGE smile to my face. It reminds how much I love and miss my own mother.

I ran 35 miles in two days this past weekend (as you know). How in the heck do you do it at one time?!?!?! You. FREAKIN'. Rock. I am privileged to know you through blogging. :)