Friday, July 15, 2011
A Happy Little Reminder
This sign is hanging over the window in my breakfast nook. Okay, I'm not totally certain that I have a breakfast nook. It's maybe just the part of my kitchen where the kitchen table is and it's surrounded by windows. I've always wanted to say I have a breakfast nook so I'm saying it. So there.
Anyway, as I was saying before I so rudely interrupted myself, this sign is hanging in my kitchen. It makes me happy to look at it.
It has a funny history...A couple years ago my sister and her husband were house hunting and my mom came along on one of the showings. The house was still occupied and so all the owner's stuff was in it. They walked into the kitchen and that sign was hanging on the wall...my mom and sister thought it was the cutest thing ever. That ended up being the house they bought. My mom (who is the queen of EBAY) went on an internet search for the sign. She found the exact one on EBAY and ordered one for my sister and me. So, now we both have it hanging in our kitchens.
(My sister lives in fear that someday the former owners are going to come back and ask if they can see the house again and they'll see the sign and think she is psycho.)
The sign serves as a little reminder for me. When I'm feeling crabby and short-tempered and just generally crotchety and I am snapping at my kids, or when all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch reality TV instead of engaging with them-it reminds me that I only have my little guys here for a while and I will have the biggest influence on whether or not they look back someday and remember their childhood as a happy one or if the end up on some therapist's couch griping about how I ruined their lives.
I think it sums up the ultimate goal of every mother...to give your children a happy childhood. That means different things to different people, but the goal is the same.
Before I completely cheese myself out-I'm going to sign off for today.
Have a happy weekend everyone!