I am proud of many things in my life but nothing beats being a mother.

Today I was off of work. It is the first Saturday I’ve had off in a long time so I slept in. It felt so good to look at the clock roll back over and continue sleeping until my daughter came in the room and woke me up. She put her face near mine her blue eyes shining, “Mama can we watch The Simpsons?” she asked smiling her freckle face still next to mine. “Of course we can.” I smiled back at her. Her face got really serious for a second and she said, “Can we have popcorn and ice cream?” It was 8:30 in the morning and I said, “Of course.” We laid in the bed swapping bags of popcorn for a container of BlueBell mint chocolate chip ice cream. Her face was beaming with excitement and even though I ended up with a horrible stomach ache she had a blast which is the only thing that matters. We don’t get to spend much time together like this because of my work schedule so I will take these moments when I can get them because before I know it she will be 16 and off with her friends.

My husband got off work late but we had such an incredible evening better than any we’ve had in awhile. I felt relaxed and an actual part of the family and my sadness went away for a little while.

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