Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Summer Picnic

The two little B's and I had a picnic last week. It was Friday, and I was out mowing the lawn and watering the plants while they played at their "park." As I was finishing, I asked them if they were ready for lunch, and Brailey said, "Yes and Mom? Britt and I would like to have a picnic. Could we have a picnic today?" "Of course you can!" I said, even though I was thinking "darn it!"

I've admitted it before and I'll admit it to you now - I'm not the funnest of mothers. And when they asked me for a picnic, even though I said YES, I was actually thinking, "Oh man! Another big mess to clean up and a pain in the ass to prepare..." This thought was followed by a BIG SIGH.

As I came in the house to get their picnic ready, I found them both at the kitchen sink, washing Brailey's play picnic basket cups and plates and utensils. So while she cleaned, I made their sandwiches and gathered some cheese stick and cut up some apples and then Britt wondered if we were EVER going to use the A&W Root Beer in the refrigerator, and could we pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease have some today for the picnic? So I said sure! Why not? And we packed it all up in Brailey's special basket.

And as I prepared their lunch, I thought to myself, "I hope they don't want me to join them. I don't want to go on a picnic." And then I started thinking about what I would say if they asked me... Just when I thought I was in the clear, Brailey said, looking at me with a face that said she already knew the answer was "no," "What about you, Mom? Would you like to join us?"

You can imagine how surprised I was when I said "yes, I would!" Even though I really didn't want to, but I didn't tell them that. And so we loaded the basket and drinks into the wagon they brought out of the shop, found a blanket, spread it out on our new lawn, and proceeded to have our little picnic. And the biggest surprise of all was how much I enjoyed it! Their company was so charming and sweet and delightful, I found myself feeling ashamed for not wanting to do it in the first place, even if I didn't share those feelings directly with them. They still had an inkling I wouldn't want to. But yet they still asked me, and I made myself do it, and it is one of the most special memories I have of this summer, 2011.

We talked about lots of things, waved at the neighbors as they drove by, shared a smile over our two dogs plopping themselves down beside us, and laughed when Brailey's root beer sprayed her in the face as she opened her drink cup (that ride in the wagon must have shook it up!). The breeze was light, the sun was bright, the shade was cool and the only thing that would have made it better, according to my two B's, was if Brady could have been there with us. But I have to say, even without Brady, it was the most wonderful picnic I've ever been on, and I'm so thankful to my B's for showing me such a simple joy, which turned out to be a heartfelt, tremendous joy in my heart and another precious memory I will treasure forever. Thank goodness for my B's, reminding me to enjoy the simple things in life.

Oh, and in case you were wondering? The cleanup was a piece of cake! The entire experience lasted less than an hour. But it will last forever in my mother's heart...

1 comment:

  1. It's those spontaneous moments that mean the most, huh? It's hard for me to want to play/pretend to - so big kudos on saying yes and how great the rewards were when you did!

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