"I Love Mommy"

Today I fully expect to spend the day wrapped in warm fuzzies. I plan on memorializing in my mind a moment that will sadly never come again in the exact same way, but one that literally made my heart swell with gratitude. I appreciate that my mind has a built in projector that can do more than just rewind. It has the capacity to replay certain scenes in any order at almost any time I want to recall them. I just wish the detail was better. I wish that for the really good ones I felt exactly the same way I did when they happened.

I never want to forget how I felt last night when Jacob said without being prompted, “I love mommy. I love mommy” when I was putting him to bed. All of my children have had a first time telling me that they love me, but somehow I let the moment pass. I didn’t take the time to revel in the warmth and strength it should have given me. I’m not going to let that happen this time….or next time when John says it for the first time. I’m a fool for not recognizing “one of those moments” the first three times. So, today I’m going to replay and replay that scene, and my favorite scenes from my other children’s lives and enjoy the peace and comfort those memories bring.


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    Jeremiah R. Jones says


    …but where’s the “mammy” come in?

    “Oh, my darling little mammy, down in Alabammy!”

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    angie says

    That now corrected “mammy” is just evidence of my insanity. Not Alabammyness. See, I was so busy reliving the moment that I forgot exactly how the moment went. j/k

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    Casey's trio says

    So sweet…I haven’t had the unelicited “I love you” yet….they just repeat it when I say it to them. Can’t wait for it to happen on it’s own.

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    Crazymamaof6 says

    oh i love that too. and often have never recognized it either. way to go reveling in it this time. and making the effort to remember. and sit up and take notice.

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    Laurie says

    It makes all the difference in a day, to hear that love from your kids. THanks for sharing that, it brings to mind a couple of heart swelling moments from my kids.

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    Jeremiah R. Jones says

    I love this one that I got from Trevor today:

    “You’re my best buddy, Daddy… right?”

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    Melissa says

    For me it was just last month with Masaru and I can remember it well. My heart melted and I just looked at him and thought about how lucky I am to have him in my life. I’m glad you got it.

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    latree says

    so sweet, and amazing to catch this as a special moment. I also never cared much about it, and I missed all chance for it…

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    Stephanie says

    I had to come back to this post. My hubbie and I just had a conversation about this last night. It is the sweetest thing EVER when your child says those words to you! Stopping and cherishing the moment is the part that is hard for us as parents, and so important! Glad you had this wonderful night 🙂

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