This weekend I was struck with an inspirational moment. I had a baby shower gift for a friend/co-worker that I had just wrapped in plain brown paper and I needed to give Audrey a bottle of milk.
I called you over and asked you if you would color a pretty picture on the package for my friend. She was having a new baby - wasn't that exciting? And I would love it if you would color a picture for her to decorate her present.
You nodded solemnly and said "Okay, Mommy!" and set to coloring on the present.
I settled in to feed Audrey her bottle while you worked intently on your coloring and I mentally high-fived myself for coming up with such a fantastic and inspirational idea! You were so creative and enjoying the process and this would put a personal touch on the baby shower gift for my friend/co-worker.
After the bottle was done, you looked up excitedly and called me over to show me the picture you had drawn. You were very enthusiastic. I walked over and you showed me what you had created:"See, Mommy! It's a BATTLE! See this guy here?":"He's dead. And see this?!? It's a MOUNTAIN!":"And THESE guys are all falling off the mountain!":"And over HERE? THIS is a MONSTER!":
If there was a moment in parenthood where you could take a picture of my face - this would have been the ultimate Kodak moment. My mouth was hanging open and my eyes were bulging out at this picture as I took in all the mayhem at once.
You were proudly watching my face and I found myself stammering out an "ooooooooh, wow! This is...... WOW! Great job, Buddy......"
You smiled proudly, climbed down from the table and walked off to play with some toys.
I had a seat at the table, still looking at the picture, dumbfounded.
Moments later, though, and I'm starting to laugh. Boy, is my present at this shower going to be an original! :)
And what a statement this makes. "Welcome to parenthood, my friend! Oh, and the gift? It's a parachute! Best of luck!"