Saturday, March 20, 2010

Making Special Memories

Recently my 9yo son asked me if we could build a fire and roast marshmallows. It was really cold out, and I was just beginning to get some energy back and my legs to stop feeling like jello since chemo the week before. I thought (sigh) can't we just play cards or something? But I said, "We'll see. Maybe tomorrow." The look on his face said it all... sure, whatever Mom. I've been sick on and off since he was 4 and I'm sure he was thinking it would never happen.

The next day he asked me again and I said, "How about Friday night?" He said, "You promise?" And I said "Yes", although I was really dreading it. I could tell he doubted my sincerity.

When he got off the school bus on Friday and came in the door I said, "You ready to gather some wood?" He looked shocked, jumped up and down, and smiled from ear-to-ear.

That night we had a blast! We built a little campfire, roasted marshmallows, snuggled under a blanket, and talked for a long while. It was so nice and when we were done he hugged me and said, "Thanks, Mom".

I'm so glad I felt better that day and was able to give him that memory.


  1. The walk up the mountain to do something with the kids when you don't feel good is always SO hard. Reach the top, and you realize it was worth the climb. I am so glad you found the strength to do this! What a precious memory you created for both. I also love his appreciation. What a sweetie!

  2. Bless your heart. You are a good Mom. :)

  3. Way to go, even in sickness you have put being a mother first....and what a lovely memory you have made.......:-) Hugs

  4. I so know "that look."

    The look that is filled with all those unfulfilled promises, all those times that we let them down, that we just could not do "it" (whatever "it" was at the time).

    "That look" breaks my heart.

    Every time we manage to fulfill one of those promises, every time we push ourselves to do "it," we strengthen our bond with our children and create hope for the future.

    Good for you, for pushing yourself and making "it" happen!!