...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

some things just seem universal

Mother's Day came and went at my house, pretty much as expected and not without the results I should know by now to brace myself for and just accept.

I guess I'm expected to accept a lot of things, though, including what's not there.

What seems to be the standard, though, is the one thing given to me - the marigold in the decorated Styrofoam cup. Quite possibly the universal gift crafted by children and received by moms every Mother's Day. This one was put together by my youngest son.

Of course, it wasn't presented to me with declarations of affection and accompanied by hugs and kisses. I discovered it, disheveled and battered in a paper bag that had been tossed in a backpack that had then been thrown on a chair and left to languish there for hours until my motherly instincts sighed and picked it up. I carefully opened the paper bag, scooped the dirt back into the cup, tried to straighten the blooms, gave it water and attention and placed it in a window so it could grow toward the sun.

A reasonably accurate metaphor for how I raise my boys. They seem to accept things, too.

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Blogger FTN said...

Aww, it's the most bestest marigold evah.

And there are no less than four -- count 'em, FOUR -- decorated mother's day pots currently residing on our kitchen counter. Each kid decorated and planted one in preschool, and one in church.

I have no idea what might be growing out of any of them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 1:46:00 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

gone are the days....I miss the marigolds! Even haphazardly slung in a backpack to be discovered later...I miss the marigolds.

Stacie

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger The Savage said...

Ya know that marigold?.. it got shown what beautiful was when it first got a glimpse of you....

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 4:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Lady Calliah said...

We homeschool - so we don't get marigolds.

I got presents, and I even got flowers - but I think that that dixie cup marigold would have touched me more. :)

Happy Mother's Day, even a bit late.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Rug's Bug said...

This year my marigolds came in a terra cotta pots. Can you believe it?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Finished Last said...

I'm sorry

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 9:40:00 AM  
Blogger Crazy Computer Dad said...

Such is the way with boys. My son is always excited to make something special, but he so quickly forgets in the excitement of one moment of play or another. It is a gorgeous Marigold though. I'm sure he put it together with the utmost care and love. If your son treats his backpack the way mine does, it is amazing it made it really, a sign from God obviously!

Your boys are fortunate to have a mom with such great instincts. They may not show it now, but they will, with interest...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:48:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

FTN - Ah, the mystery plants. I've got those, too. One tiny seed has just sprouted up from the hardened dirt my oldest gave me last week. Plus, this week, we added "grass hair man" from preschool. My kitchen counter is a botanical center. Kids get in free on the weekends. Come on by. They can all scream through the house and not eat the normal food I make!

Stacie - Consider this your virtual marigold, dear!

Savage - I'm telling my pretend, single identical twin sister all about you!

Lady C - That we've been able to keep this marigold alive so far must be a testament to the fact that I do a few things right as a mom. Consider part of this yours, too.


Rug's - Hey! I bet next year I'll graduate to a terra cotta plant. Maybe. The oldest came home with dirt and seeds in a clear plastic cup, so the classroom budget must be dwindling!

Finished - It is what it is, said the girl who pretty much knows these things ahead of time but likes to delude herself into thinking it won't be. Ha!

CC Dad - Thank you for the kind words! It is pretty amazing this pretty flower made its way to me, and I'm never not charmed by the five year old scrawling of "Happy Mother's Day" around the cup, so good things do shine thru.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Nocturnal said...

My Mum actually *loves* marigolds, she would be quite happy with that alone. Sorry to hear it was so blase this year.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

Found you through Nocturnal and Stacie! It seems we have allot in common! I wish though, that my kid would plant me a marigold, she was to pissed off at me for not letting her go on her field trip that she ignored me the whole day! What a little bitch! lol

Thursday, May 17, 2007 4:47:00 PM  
Blogger Biscuit said...

I got bike chain lube. BUT, I was thrilled.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:59:00 PM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Nocturnal - Eh, no complaints about the marigold. I dig it. It's the lack of even a "Happy Mother's Day" that kinda did me in for the day.

Choppzs - Hey! Thanks for coming through here. We could all be one big happy blogger circle!

Biscuit - I got stuff, too. Just not anything related to me or what I'm interested in! And you've reminded me it's time to pull my bike out. Hopefully without that nasty bike dumping, though!

Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:19:00 PM  

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