8/27/10

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Treasure

My Miles, "helping" Daddy build a shed.


When my boys came home yesterday, Miles was the first one to bust through the door with a bang. He was talking fast about a park, a place he had played with his cousins on their trip. It seemed very urgent, what he had to say, while he held his hand behind his back. His sun-kissed cheeks were just a shade darker than three days before and I felt like I'd missed so much. It was so good for all of us, this short time apart, but then there he was, somehow suddenly older, maybe even taller, and just so perfect.

When he pulled that hand out from behind his back he was saying he found something at that park and then he saved it for me.

Here you go, Mama.

It's a small yellow hair binder, one that must have belonged to a busy little girl. It was dirty and obviously over-stretched from all the times it was pulled wide for a pony.

I beamed.

To my boy this was not garbage, it was something that made him think of the Mama he was missing. And so he held it for another two hours on the drive home, fingers playing with it's springy squishiness, fidgeting like he always does under the seat belt he now puts on all by himself. He had a plan in that busy little noggin of his, to hide this treasure behind his back and surprise me...




He did that for me.
I'm going to keep it forever.


28 clicked right here to comment:

Mary Nevin said...

how sweet!! :) those little gifts from kids are the best ones in the whole world. your writing is beautiful, love radiates through each word. what a lovely thing to read this friday morning. have a good weekend

~beautyandjoy~ said...

Oh sweetness. This is so precious!

deb said...

Heather.
I love you.

do you know the Billy Collins poem The Lanyard?
you can you tube it for his reading also.

Justine said...

Their gift to us is the ability to find magic in the simplest of gestures, and with this, it would seem like he had given you the world. I totally get that. What a sweet boy he is.

The NAB said...

Ooooh Heather! Oh.My.Gracias! I want to hug that sweet-faced child of yours! Thanks for sharing this.

xoxo,
Lesley @Avalea

togetherforgood said...

*happy sighs*

TKW said...

Aww, that sweet boy loves his mama. I'd keep it forever, too.

Robin said...

So, so lovely. Must remember to stop reading your posts on the bus. My fellow riders are beginning to suspect I'm emotionally imbalanced. Thank you for sharing this very sweet moment!

Jenn said...

Such sweetness! Gotta love those precious gifts from our little boys, don't you?!

Jen said...

Aw, the love that little boys have for their momma's is just so sweet.

Kelly said...

These are the moments I think of when people say boys feel differently than girls, etc. They are born so sweet and loving, and our job is to keep that way. Good job!

fritzfacts said...

That is the sweetest thing ever.

Those boys do know the way to make us melt.

tara said...

so very sweet. love.

Annette Lyon said...

One of the sweetest things ever. Man, I love kids.

Corinne said...

The sweetness of littles... love it :)

Sarah P. said...

That is so sweet! Boys are awesome.

Robin said...

The innocence warms your heart, and makes up for the tantrums or melt downs. :)

Heather said...

so sweet!

Kat said...

Ah, they are so sweet, our boys! My 5 year old does things like this, too, it makes your heart burst.

This was great to read, Heather.

amelie522 said...

When my little dude brings something home for me, from his travels with daddy, it always melts me. A little boy's love and adoration for his mama is unparalleled. This was so sweet!

From Tracie said...

That is so precious! I never dreamed before being a mother how much those special little gifts would mean.

Cynthia said...

What a sweet little pea! Such a simple yet poignant moment that would be forgotten without the magic of blogging!

Casey Freeland said...

In the end, it is always and only the thought that counts.

Cheers,

Casey

mandiegirl said...

seriously precious!

"Not Telling" said...

This was so touching, and then that last photo? KILLED me! I cried. I just love these years of funny little gifts, how they show us their hearts in the simplest ways. Your post encapsulated this beautifully.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron

Debbie said...

What a wonderful treasure! I loved it when one of mine would bring me something, or make me something, like that.

Elaine A. said...

Sweet, sweet boy. This just pulled on this boy-Momma's heart-strings!!

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