Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day, 2012



As all of you are aware, this past Sunday was Mother's Day.  Some of you may also have seen some of the hoopla about the latest issue of Time magazine (you know, the one with the picture of the breast-feeding kid and the magazine asks, “Are you mom enough?”)   Yeah, that one.  Well, I’m not going to talk about that article or even the picture because a.) I haven’t read the article, b.) it has been blogged about ad naseum, and c.) I have been there and done that with the so-called “mommy wars” and am currently of the opinion that one does whatever one needs to do to parent one's kids.  For many mothers, having the opportunity to actually parent a child was enough of a hurdle to overcome, so we really don’t need to keep fighting to prove anything.  We’re just damn thankful to have kids and that’s enough for us.

Nah, I’m just going to tell you about my amazing weekend and give you a small glimpse into my life with my kids and why every day is a celebration for me.  No competitions, no controversy, just plain old me hanging out with the fam, enjoying life and each other.  After all, isn’t that what it’s really supposed to be all about?

My youngest daughter and I made plans to fly up to Chicago to visit Sarah one last time before she returns home for summer break.  Charlie booked a room for us in a fabulous hotel right on Michigan Ave., which was amazing.  Chicago is America’s architectural paradise, and if you haven’t visited yet, you really must go NOW!  Even in inclement weather the city is beautiful because everywhere you look there are buildings, bridges, parks, museums, or monuments that pay homage to man’s creativity and artistic endeavors.  And the people are nice!  I love it there.
Seriously, who wouldn't want to live here?

Can you believe this is a DORMITORY??
We spent a great deal of time on University of Chicago’s campus, since Sarah’s sorority hosted their annual philanthropy on Saturday afternoon.  My day consisted of watching the girls practice their skit (which I did, of course, video tape, but, alas, am forbidden to post here), helping my youngest daughter warm up for the basketball tournament portion of the day, and listening to typical collegiate conversations (“Dude, are you hungover from last night at all?”)  It was fun.  Oh, and the girls ordered pizza which was THE BEST COLLEGE PIZZA EVER.  See, this is what happens when you attend college in America’s best-known pizza town: even the crappy college pizza is noteworthy. 

After all the collegiate festivities that a mom and younger sister were allowed to participate in (apparently there were parties that night, too, but we were conveniently left off the invite list for those.  Oh, well), the redhead and I returned downtown and ate dinner at the Purple Pig.  Go ahead, look it up.  I'll wait.  Did you see that it’s listed as one of Chicago’s best new restaurants? And it delivered on all its promises of greatness.  Our favorite dish was the fried pigs’ ears – now I know why my dogs think pigs’ ears are da bomb.  ‘Cause they are.  Although, I have to admit here that I can’t recommend going out and buying a bag at PetSmart and then munching on one while sitting on the sofa watching “The Big Bang Theory”.  The Purple Pig prepares them a little differently than the dog treats.  But, trust me, they’re good.  The evening was a definite highlight for me as Red and I sampled exotic dishes and gloated over how much more fun we were having than the boys (which, of course, is debatable since they spent every waking moment on the golf course while we were gone.  I think it was a win-win situation all the way around.)
Not your dog's pigs' ears
Sunday rolled around much too quickly as we packed up our things, made one last stop by campus for breakfast and good-byes, and made the trek back home to Joplin.  Really, it was the best Mother’s Day ever!

And what was waiting for me when I got home?  These flowers, of course!


What more could a girl want?

Tune in tomorrow for my first guest post in the new series, “In Celebration of Mothers”!

What did you do for Mother’s Day?  Have you seen that article in Time yet?  What are your thoughts?

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