Grace is walking around the house with a guitar singing, "Don't Stop Believin'".
I'm sorry. That's just too damn cute.
Rose is making a TV for her Barbies using a piece of cardboard from the back of a notebook.
My sister and I used to do that. Our parents owned a distributing company that delivered cakes, cookies and pies to grocery stores. We always had boxes. We never had a Barbie Dreamhouse. We used a cardboard box, markers, and whatever leftover material my mom had from sewing.
We used our imaginations.
(And no, we didn't walk to school barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways...)
I've seen the question being asked, "Does your ex-husband do anything or help the kids do anything for you for Mother's Day?"
I honestly couldn't remember. I actually had to go back to last year's post to see that yes, he actually did do something.
Ya gotta love blogging for that reason, if nothing else.
When we talked on Friday night, he asked me what our plans were. We were going out for a Mother's Day brunch with my sister, her family, my mom, her husband and my brother.
"Can I join you?" he asked.
He showed up with a gift. I was completely surprised. And the gift...
He bought me The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I have wanted to read that book for ages and I mentioned it to him briefly last week. He also gave me a gorgeous amethyst crystal.
I love that he knows me.... knows how I love books... knows how I love gemstones.
I seriously have the best ex husband ever.
At the brunch, we ate til we couldn't hold anymore and then sat outside and enjoyed the jazz quartet. I loved that they started their set with Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme. That song totally drew my children into enjoying a jazz band.
The girls have made me cards and little trinkets all weekend long.
I am happy that they enjoy being creative and imaginative. We did rent Marley and Me last night. I warned them about the ending but they insisted we watch it.
We were all in tears at the end. Of course.
But we got in lots of snuggle time.
I've been feeling a little more at peace with things.
Although I can barely watch the goings on between Dr. Owen Hunt and Christina on Grey's Anatomy. It just looks too familiar and leaves me upset every time.
I don't know how I'm going to be able to watch Army Wives when the new season starts on June 7.
I took down my two online dating profiles. I just feel done.
I was in the very same place when Soldier came back into my life in August 2007.
I don't know how long it will last. I'm sure I'll have moments of anger or longing again. But for now I'm OK.
I am single. I am a mother. And I am OK.