Growing up, I was always a tomboy, climbing trees and hanging out with the guys (the male kind). I was never the girly kind of gal, and can’t recall even one doll, though I’m sure there were some. I also never had that burning desire to be a mom. I just assumed that it would develop in me eventually, but years went by, and I kept putting kids off.
There was always that next super duper awesome trip I wanted to take, but it really had more to do with me not wanting to lose my freedom. I also secretly felt that moms are kind of lame. I know it sounds like a dumb generalization, but I pictured “mom” jeans, minivans and constantly showing photos of your kids to strangers who couldn’t care less. Oh, and coffee mugs (with pictures of your child), sitting on an office desk.
Well… Forward a few years and here I am, driving a minivan (though it’s Mazda5, so it’s different!) and choosing pants based primarily on how roomy and comfy they are. Plus cheap, of course, some things never change. And look what came in the mail a few days ago:
Lame, you say? Well, I think it’s beautiful! It’s a picture of my son taken at his Pre-K photo session, stamped permanently on a coffee mug.The teacher actually told all parents to dress kids up, but only my child showed up with a fancy bow tie.
My old friend in Belarus has sewn it herself and sent it to me as a gift. The rest of the kids were wearing casual clothes and began making fun of my son. Poor thing got so sad, he started crying and ran into my arms for comfort.
But I loved that photo so much, I decided to order a mug, which totally goes against my cheapness principles. It was meant for my husband’s office at work, but I might get one for home as well.
Something about it just tugs at my heartstrings. Maybe it’s the innocent look in his eyes, a reminder that my son still needs me, the fleeting nature of childhood. Where did the years go? Next month he is starting kindergarten, gasp. He might be a big boy now, but he’ll always be my baby…
I also got an idea. We have all these old mismatched coffee mugs we’ve had since my husband and I got married. What I would like to do is order a set with family photos from our favorite trips. I want to have a reminder each day of how precious our time together is.
I’m lame and proud of it!
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.