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So my mom just wrapped up her first semester at Smith College and is home for Summer break. See, here she is…

I’ve only had her home one day and I’m just sick and tired of doing her laundry, picking up after her and listening to here whine, “I’m bored. I have nothing to do.”

No, she’s actually been a perfect house guest. After an insanely stressful first semester (she’s earning her Masters in Social Work), she just wants to relax. And I can’t think of a better place than my apartment, with the always calm and zen 3 1/2 year-old Dylan and the meditative and self contemplating 19 month-old Summer.

It’s a wonder I don’t open up a Buddhist monastery over here in my West Village apartment.

My mom is actually very much a Buddhist and I’m very much not, so we’ll have conversations like this one:

“Wow. What a magnificent looking salad!” she exclaims last night.

“What? Where? What salad?” I reply very confused. I’m suddenly thinking, gosh darn it, did Dylan cut up an entire salad when I wasn’t looking? I’ve really GOT to keep better tabs on that girl.

“Over there on the counter,” my mom says as she points to this:

“Mom, that’s just a bunch of radishes that need to be washed and cut.”

“Oh, they look so magnificent.”

Really? Well, ok.

And later in the evening, she describes Dylan’s musical princess book as “remarkable” because it’s a book AND also plays music.

Remarkable? Do you mean remarkably irritating? Because oh yes, I’m on board with that one, sista. Those little, repetitive tunes could make somebody – what? Oh, you just mean remarkable. Well, I guess so. I mean, if it was 1902, that technology would really knock your petticoat off.

But I have to admit – my mother really does know how to appreciate the little things. Only one semester under her belt and she’s already teaching me a few things about noticing and celebrating the details of life.

Those parents. They grow up so damn fast.

44 Responses to school’s out

  • Tully's Mama says:

    What is my deal, I know you’re thinking. One who was once your most faithful commenter simply vanished. It’s not a bad idea to have a mom underfoot unless it’s my mom and she calls me a “Helicopter Parent” because she thinks I hover. Everytime I’d go near my toddler she’d make a low “woop, woop, woop” sound mimicking a Blackhawk. Kudos to your mama for getting through a semester at Smith! That’s remarkable & magnificent! I promise to be a better poster!

  • kristen says:

    i’m envious of family close by – mine is all on the left coast.

    your mama is so cute – she seems like she’s full of love and fun, esp. for the girls.

  • Jacki says:

    I would love to meet your mom, she looks and sounds like a great woman.

    Oh and those books? Can’t stand them and their batteries seem to last forever!!

  • Robyn says:

    That’s great! How nice that you’re able to enjoy time with your Mom (I need to work on that).

    I was going to send you pictures of Bear in his new Land’s End swimsuit (courtesy of YOU), but they sent him a girl’s one and Hubby wouldn’t let me put it on him (no fun). So, we’re expecting the boys’ suit today. We’re so excited!

  • Sandrine says:

    Thanks for my first laugh of the day (could be the only one as Tengo is not going to camp today!). Enjoy your mom’s visit and all the celebrations.

  • Auntie T says:

    Congrats, Susan! Yahoo on one semester under your belt! Just got back from Canadian Rockies and have started my Fall Worth Show, come visit me too!!!! Bring Kelcey and the girls and then go to the beach!! Kelcey, there are some super cute things, we can do a wish list for the end os season sale!
    Love you, T!

  • mp says:

    sob..you type the code wrong and you lose your comment..but now it’s like it’s not good anymore, that I said it already even though no one read it..but I’ll try:
    Next is the Aweful Eighties.. They won’t listen, don’t eat right, they forget all the time and bug the crap out of you just cause they want to hear your voice..and you love them uncontionally STILL.

  • Rhea says:

    I think it’s wonderful your mother has gone back to school to earn her Master’s and what a peaceful and appreciative view she seems to have on life. That can be annoying to those of us who aren’t so zen all the time, but it’s still nice. Great post!

  • HeatherK says:

    Can I borrow her? Could always use more zen around here. I actually did a study w/ the girls at my university in their infant lab on those so-called ‘interactive books’—I’m sure I skewed the results with my blatant hatred of them.

  • Julia says:

    Your mom is so cute.

    If she thinks those books are remarkable, she’d love our Cookie Monster Saxophone and Alphabet Pal. UGH.

    Nice to notice the little things though.

  • mackbeth says:

    We could all use a bit of your mom’s perspective. My muscial books are actually noisy motorcycles and hot rod pick ups that pull bass boats. Seriously, fisher price needs to rethink those buttons, they should have a 48 hour delay after they are pressed for the 2nd time. When I stop realizing what is happening then I’ll know I am officially crazy!

  • madge says:

    i gave you an award today and i am commenting to let you know because that is what i am supposed to do and also cuz i really like your blog!

  • Madmad says:

    Oh, too funny! You know what I found out – just tonight, even – is worse than those singing books, though? (Or, I should say, even more “remarkable?”) Magic shows. Put on by your kids. Now those are very, very… remarkable. Like painfully so.

  • Di says:

    Oh my…I can’t believe I didn’t even think of this. We were just in New York City for a couple of days. We could have met up and I could have thanked you in person for my wonderful care package…especially the wine! See my blog for details. It was pretty touristy…Yankees game, Chicago, ESPN Zone. But we did hang out with my city girl niece who gave us just a little NYC cred!

  • Milena says:

    So funny. She looks like a glass half full kind of person your mom does. And if I might say so, quite impressive that she is doing a masters degree.

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