in june 2010, our lives got turned upside down in the best possible way: the birth of our awesome kiddo, john. in october 2013, brother charlie charged into our life to change the status quo again. and june 2016 brought us brother ben to round out our trio.

i'm proud to have "mom" at the top of the list of titles on my resume, but i'm also still a hard-working professional. how does a working mom juggle work and family? ride along with me and see if i can figure it out!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

a million dollars

my little benefactor counts his dollars.
from time to time, when john gets a case of the "i wants" -- you know the drill, "i want to go outside. but i WANT to. i WANT to go outside." -- i have a stock answer for him. i will say, in my most empathetic voice, "my love, mommy wants a million dollars but we can't always get what we want. i'm sorry."

this morning's case of i wants wasn't too bad, and it passed with barely a blip in my brain. within moments it was in the past and soon forgotten.

or so i thought.

when john woke up from his nap, he was in a particularly cuddly mood. nana and jean jean and daddy were all at the store (nana and jean jean drove down from tennessee to visit this weekend) so it was just me and the bug, and we snuggled in his chair for some time.

then his eyes lit up. he looked at me with big bright serious baby blues and said, "mommy, you want a million dollars?"

i said, smiling, "well, yes, baby, i sure do."

he climbed off my lap and walked to his closet, where he pulled down his snowman piggy bank.

"you open the top for me?" he asked. so i popped the top hat off.

he reached inside and carefully pulled out three crumbled dollar bills, the only bills in a bank full of change. he plopped them carefully in my lap.

looking up at me with those melt-worthy eyes again, he said so earnestly, "that's my million dollars for you, mommy! it's for you. here, take it!"

i am not ashamed to say that i cried big fat pregnant-lady tears of appreciation in that moment, as i held him close.

"thank you, baby," i told my generous little man, who would give me the only dollars he owned, "that is definitely worth a million dollars."

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