I smiled at Kate as she climbed into the car.
Hi Kate! Did you have fun at school today?
Yeah! I picked a flower for you. I got it from the playground. It’s for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday but thank you! A dandelion! I love it!
I threw the dandelion on the passenger seat.
No. Put it in your hair!
I tucked the weed behind my ear.
I drove to a nearby restaurant. Kate and I ate lunch on the patio because that is her favorite. Strangers smiled at Kate as she declared she LOVED sour cream. Oh my gosh, Mom. LOVE it.
Then I drove to the grocery store. We made our regular rounds. The employee at the deli gave Kate a free piece of cheese. I like cheese, but not melted cheese. The employee at the bakery asked Kate if she would like a cookie. Kate smiled and took it. We checked out with a cart full of groceries. Kate punched my pin number in. I know my mommy’s password. It’s ….. NO KATE. Our last stop was customer service to get Kate a free balloon. Kate asked for two. I need one more for my sister. She’s in school.
I drove home. Kate helped unload groceries.
I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection of the kitchen window. The weed was still in my hair. I calculated how many people we talked to. And how many people we passed. No one asked me why I had a weed in my hair. No one gave me a weird look.
Ah, Kate! I forgot I had your flower in my hair!
You look like the most beautifulest mommy in the whole world!
And that was my favorite thing I got for Mother’s Day.
I hope every mom out there had a beautiful Mother’s Day! What did you do to celebrate?