how i knit to stay sane

May 10, 2010

Mother’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 10:49 am

Last week, I lost something special to me.  Only my closest friends and family knew I had it, and when I lost it, I lost some of my innocence about the life I’m living.  I wanted to stay in bed and cry for days, but I didn’t.  I had family and friends to put on a happy face for.  And I had special family and special friends that I didn’t have to wear a happy face for.

The Saturday before Mother’s Day, Brandon asked if I wanted to go strawberry picking.  I didn’t.  I wanted to send him out with the kids, and stay at home alone and sulk.  But I knew he was worried about me, and he wanted me to be happy — not just wearing a happy face, but really happy.  I remembered the Saturday before Mother’s Day last year, when we went strawberry picking, and then I spent Mother’s Day learning how to can homemade jams.

I remembered not being able to bend over much because of still recovering from my c-section 2 months before, and, oh yeah, 12 lbs of dead weight tied to my front!  I remembered the giggles of my older children as they ran up and down the aisles of the strawberry fields, looking for plump berries, and their red faces as they sampled a berry, with juice running down their chins and dripping onto their shirts.

We packed up the car and headed out.  I enjoyed making new memories this year, with my kids all a year older.  We had many of the same moments — berry tasting, running, giggling — and some new ones.  (Remember the 12 lbs of dead weight from last year?  Now about 25 lbs of VERY active weight!)

I spent Mother’s Day evening canning jam (8 pts. so far!) and experimenting with a pint of apple jelly, too!  (The experiment was a success, so after the baby goes down for his nap, I’m heading back to the kitchen to make more, and also some grape jelly!)

I didn’t forget my sorrow, but I was mostly happy, most of the weekend.  And now that sorrow seems a little farther away.  A little less likely to invade my every thought.  And maybe, just maybe, I have a little of my innocence back.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’m sorry to hear of your sorrow and loss. I hope you will find peace and strength to sustain you.

    Comment by Alyn — June 1, 2010 @ 11:59 am


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