Happiness is a Polka Dot Umbrella

Dear Miss C:

Yesterday was your kindergarten awards ceremony on the stage in the school cafeteria and your walking field trip, capped off with lunch at McDonald’s, or as sissy says, “Old MacDonald’s.” You may as well know now that I ate at McDonald’s every week while I was pregnant with you, hence your genetic makeup is intrinsically tied to Ronald McDonald. I could lie and say I ate nothing but free range chicken and organic fruits and vegetables, but I really wanted you to appreciate a good batch of piping hot french fries straight from the fryer, and freshly salted, before you even left the womb.

This week is shaping up to be the equivalent of the best week ever on the 5-year-old level. You played with your cousins Sunday, had a friend over Monday after school to play, and then we went to a soccer party at the local playground Tuesday where you had pizza and cupcakes for dinner. We were talking about the party yesterday and I told you that friends and family are so important in life and that if you have those two things, plus a great place to go like Papa’s Beach, that you have all that you really need.

You looked up at me from the kitchen table and without a beat said, “And God!”

I realize every day what a blessing it is to be your mother and sissy’s mother. I may feel like I don’t know what I’m doing half the time, but you prove to me over and over that your daddy and I must be doing something right.

Love, Mommy


Heading for school in the rain.


  1. rachel says:

    Happy Fabulous Week darling Miss C.
    Today is Princess’ graduation as well, but no McDonald’s (or Don Don, in Monkey speak) because we can’t subject Bebe and Grandpa to McDonald’s that’s just cruel 🙂 LOL.
    I adore that picture. I swear if we lived closer our girls would be inseparable.

    rachel’s last blog post..Fa-Fa and some Feta, too

  2. Amy says:

    Can you believe the year is already almost over! I don’t think my Kindergartener’s teacher is doing a graduation. How sad! My other two did, but different school and different teacher. That makes me sad. Isn’t it wonderful how easy things can make her so happy and fulfilled? You just want to bottle that and save it for later years.

  3. Blonde Mom says:

    Next Thursday is her last day of school (half day at that.) I am going to make brownies to celebrate…any excuse for chocolate! 😉

    She didn’t really have a graduation, per se, with the caps and gowns and all that business, but it was a nice program and the kids sang a few songs and they got to walk on stage and get their certificate packets.

    I couldn’t resist posting this picture of her. She was so excited about the day.

    And the God business? Well, frankly, that just blew me away.

  4. Kathy@brazoscowgirl says:

    I have wandered back here in thoughts of my big boy as a little tike. I have posted his senior picture on my blog. When he was four, he was a skinny scrawny kid who could not break the 40 lb mark.

    This picture you will think is heaven on earth in a few years.

    Kathy@brazoscowgirl’s last blog post..Mastectomy and Reconstruction

  5. Finding Happiness says:

    To be honest I was drawn by the “happiness” rather than the polka dot umbrella, nice though that is.
    You were right in that you do have everything you really need but if “God” refers to objectivity then that some of that would surely come in handy too!

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