Saturday, May 15, 2010

Welcome to the Club

Well, it's taken three years of hard work in proving myself, but I'm finally in! I received final approval, appropriately, on Mother's Day.

I wasn't there to witness my initiation, but Michael did a bang-up job of making sure that no one missed the news: I am officially part of the Mean Mom Club.

Yes, while all the other children were reflecting fondly on their loving mothers, Michael took it upon himself to announce to the entire primary: "My mom is not nice! She's mean!"

Granted, it may have had something to do with the fact that he had been stirring up trouble in sacrament meeting and found himself being unceremoniously evicted from the chapel moments before the annual "awwwww"-fest that is the primary singing to their mothers.

But still, nothing warms the cockles of a mother's heart like knowing her child said she is mean. On Mother's Day. I admit, I shed a few tears when I heard about it, probably due in part to the fact that I had been holding in three months of pent-up anxiety over my inadequate performance as a mother. But then I slugged back a couple of Lindt truffles and snuggled with Michael in the rocking chair, and all was seemingly right with the world again.

Later I recalled our conversation from earlier that morning:

"Michael, do you know that I wasn't a mom before I had you? You made me a mom."

His dimples appeared as an earnest smile lit his face: "And you made me a Michael!"

Indeed. One of the best things I've ever made.

Even if he does think I'm mean.


Cath said...

"You made me Michael." Powerful and true. Great story . And in my view, the mean mom club isn't a bad thing! You're awesome. And doing a fabulous job as Mother of three!

lori said...

My mom always told us (and at times we agreed with her) that she was The Meanest Mother In the World. I couldn't have asked for more amazing woman to raise me, and I know Michael, Matthew, and Leah couldn't have a more incredible mother either. So I think Michael is very lucky that he has a mean mom! It means you love him enough to care.

mathmom said...

Bonnie, you are an AMAZING mom, and Michael would not trade you for anyone! Kids with "mean" moms are the luckiest because we care enough to tell them no at times. Keep up the great work!

-another mean mom

fiona said...

Mean moms are the best. Not only because they care, but they give their kids all sorts of great stories to tell. You are an awesome mom, Bonnie! So sweet, what Michael said... The part about you "made me a Michael!", not the other one ;)

Megan B ♥ said...

I'm with Fiona. Mean moms are the best. Wear your badge with pride! "You made ma a Michael." Now THAT is awww-fest for ya.