Monday, July 25, 2016

Dear Daughters: Remember When?

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Today, I have the pleasure of guest posting at Joyce’s wonderful blog

At Home With Jemma.

My topic?

The Simple Things That Bring Joy

Please stop by for a visit !

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Dear Daughters,

There is no finer music to a mother’s ear than a conversation that begins by a daughter saying, “remember

when?”.

And so when I hear those words when we are all together, I smile.

Granted there are those times when you finish that phrase with ‘you dropped me on my head’, or ‘you made

me wear a big bow in my hair’, or ‘everyone else got to go’, or ‘you actually had our lamb blankets

monogrammed’!

Because I am your mother, however, I have those same memories.

I remember how scared I was when you wiggled out of my arms and yes, you hit your head (Katherine).

I remember how cute (to me ) you looked when all 3 of you were wearing big bows in your hair.

And I remember how cute you looked walking your monogrammed blanket wearing lambs to the show pen

for judging at the livestock show.

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Recently, we had a ‘remember when’ conversation about week night suppers. 

I was teaching full time and many nights I felt like I wasn’t doing enough to get some sort of gourmet supper

on the table .

But that is not the way you remember it.

You liked Friday night pizza night, and you liked chalupas or tacos, or Dad’s roast, or salmon patties and

macaroni and cheese, or homemade hamburgers.

On nights you had dancing lessons , you didn’t mind Church’s fried chicken.

What a blessing for a sometimes harried mother , who wanted to cook more elaborately, but who just

couldn’t find another minute in the day.

Thank you for ‘remembering when’ as selectively as I do.

I love you , Mom

17 comments:

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I think every mother prays her children have a bit of selective memory for the times when we judge ourselves the harshest.

Simply LKJ said...

Yes, we always pray the good times/memories outweigh the not so great ones.

Stacey said...

I remember when I was a young mother and had a really bad mom moment...I would pray that my sons would not remember those moments. And they don't. Thank you Jesus. ♥



Lea said...

Oh, we enjoyed some "remember when" moments last week while our daughter was home. As you said, "music to a Mom's ear." Enjoyable post!

Laurie said...

Those 'remember when's'....what a sweet validation of childhood memories!

Pondside said...

We have the same name for it 'remember whens' and we can take off with them at any time, but always, always on a birthday. It's a ritual!

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe...what a sweet post. Memories...such an awesome gift to have and to share! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pura Vida said...

I thought I was so bad when kid # 3 came along and when she was 8-17 we had hamburger helper in front of Wheel of Fortune...turns out it was her favorite! Mine too!

Lisa said...

Laura
It's so beautiful that the memories and the love shines through for your sweet daughters. I love these "Dear Daughters" posts and I bet your girls do too!

JB said...

I love this post. Boy, do I relate! We also did El Pato one night!! Love and miss you.
JB

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Remember when memories are my favorite, either childhood old, or from last month. There's something sweet about "remember" memories that bring back smiles.

Theresa said...

I worked full time too and my Mama cooked many of my evening meals for my little family. My Daughter and I have those memory conversations too:). Have a blessed evening dear Laura. Hugs

Pat Cantwell said...

Laura,
Oh, how I love to stroll down memory lane, dear friend!
As a busy Mother of two boys, often on my own,
while "Mr. Ed" was off doing his Soldier Boy Routines;
I depended on Crock Pot Recipes!
Many times, especially before a pay day,
I'd whip something together with what I had in the fridge and pantry.
Oddly, it would turn out amazingly good!
The boys would ask, "Cane we have this again?"
My response, "Sure, if I can remember what I put in this recipe!"
Thank you for sharing such a cute post!
Fondly,
Pat

thepaintedapron.com said...

It is amazing to learn what your kids remember growing up, such sweet memories!
Jenna

Terri Steffes said...

You've inspired me to do my own Remember When post! Such sweet memories!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very sweet! I love when I say "remember when?" and my daughters say, I don't remember that! Mostly it is good they don't remember. They now cook for their families the meals I made for them as kids :-)

Art and Sand said...

What a sweet post.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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