Sunday, March 23, 2014

#23 of 31 Slice of Life...Moms Always Know

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I thought tonight's post was going to be something entirely different (which means I know what I'll be writing about for tomorrow's post.)  I arrived at my parents' house just a bit ago.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, they are on their way to Florida, where it is MUCH warmer.  I asked them if I could hole away at their house for 5 or 6 days so that I could get some writing done.  I knew if I stayed home, I'd worry about home stuff.  So here I am.

As I made the 2 1/2 hour drive, it occurred to me that I don't think I've ever been by myself for a week.  That tells you what a sheltered life I've lived.  I'm looking forward to being on my own time schedule and answering only to myself.  Plans are loose for hanging out with my cousins and sister, Tuesday night is spaghetti night with Uncle Jack, and other than that, my time is mine.  I'm not only going to get my writing done, but I'm going to explore and discover (my OLW) some new things around here.  My alma mater, Kent State, is right down the road, and I'm pretty sure it's changed in the last 30 years (yikes, I'm old).  Plus all the discovery will give me fodder for future posts this week.

But that's not the point of tonight's post.  I walked in to the most pleasant surprise.  I knew Mom would have the fridge stocked, because, basically, it always is.  She still hasn't gotten used to the fact that it's only her and Dad, even though we've all been out of the house for many, many years.  Her house is always spotless, so she's ready for company at the drop of a hat.  What I didn't expect was this pile of treasures sitting on the kitchen table.

Mom knows I've been especially stressed lately.  So, she left me this little care package, just as if I were at a real Bed and Breakfast.  Here's what I got:

Welcome to Arvin's Bed and Breakfast

  • A new tea mug and a box of herbal teas (I drink a lot of tea)
  • Some wine coolers (I only like wine that tastes like Kool-Aid)
  • A Groupon for an hour massage (I can't wait to use that)
  • Some sticky notes and a highlighter (I guess that's for the work I'm going to do)
  • Nice smelling bath stuff and a pouffy sponge (More pampering)
Since my kids are all grown up, I know that it's difficult to watch your children struggle.  Band-aids and kisses no longer solve the problems like they used to.  I guess moms of 51 year-old women still worry about their children too.  Mom knew that I needed a little pampering right now, and she knew just what I would love.  She took the time to gather all of these things for me even though she was busy getting ready for her own trip.  So, I'm going to enjoy these treats this week, get lots of work done, and take some time for me.  Thanks Mom!!




12 comments:

  1. This warms my heart, what a wonderful surprise... It goes to show we always need our Mom, no matter how old we are. It's just too bad we don't appreciate them more while we're young! Hope your week is both productive and relaxing!

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    1. Thank you! We do need our moms, no matter what. :)

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  2. What a nice, heartwarming surprise for you Julie! Enjoy your time alone! ;)

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  3. This make me want to cry happy tears! Way to go mom. Enjoy your week and I hope you get everything done that you want to get done...notice I didn't say need to get done. Enjoy and relax and drink your Kool-aid!

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    1. Thanks Leigh Anne! I did notice you said, what I want to get done. :) There's an important difference. Sorry I'm going to miss you in Columbus this week.

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  4. Wow Julie!
    Your mom rocks! Want to get together this week while you are here? Let me know, even if just for coffee! Have a great week!

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    1. I was thinking about you Amy as I drove up here. I would love to get together. I have your email, so I'll email you and we can set something up. :)

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  5. Moms are moms no matter how old you are or how long you've been away from home. They want to take care of us in whatever little way they can. I'm 40 years old and my mom still wants to buy me little things and pamper me whenever she can. I'm sure we'll be the same with our kids some day. Enjoy your week of peace and quiet.

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  6. That is the nicest surprise I've heard about in a long while, Julie. You've reminded me that I used to visit a great aunt & uncle when I was in college (they were in the same town) to just 'get away'. They fed & pampered me, but went about their own lives & I got some much needed 'alone' time. I hope you have a fabulous week!

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  7. It is so nice that even at our age, we can still depend on our moms to spoil us. Enjoy your week!

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  8. This made me want to cry! You are so right moms never stop worrying about their children...now matter how old they are. We also never outgrow wanting our moms to comfort us. Your mom rocks!!! Enjoy your time at The Arvin Bed and Breakfast. I hope you are able to get some of the things done you would like to and to enjoy your time with your Uncle, Sister and cousins :-) Hugs! Anne

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