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Monday, May 23, 2005

Happy Mother's Day - Let's Paaaaartay!

In France, Mother's Day isn't until next weekend. I couldn't tell you why that is, except that maybe the French just like to be different (take much pride in it, actually). At my daughter's school, they've pounded the idea of "La Fête des Mères" into the kids' heads, doing little crafties for Mommy and everything. What's great about this day in French is the excitement it plants in a child's heart. This isn't just a day for mommies! Because of the wording of the holiday's name, it's a grand ole party. You see, "fête" is the word the French also use for festivals. So, when Lambchop #1 hears about the coming of "La Fête des Mères," no doubt, her little mind is bombarded by visions of cotton candy, merry-go-rounds, and balloons. And, who better than Mommy, the lazy woman who'd just like a day off rather than have a huge party, to dash her dreams to pieces. So, the other night, I set the poor thing straight, by telling her it's just a day we use to thank our Mommy for being our Mommy. And, why do I love this kid so much? She showed me that very instant. Instead of visibly being saddened by the lack of real festivities involved, she turned to me and said, "Thank you." Who needs a special day, when your kid is willing to thank you any day of the week?