Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was specifically invented so I would have one more annual event of significance to my wife that I could forget until the day before, much like our wedding anniversary, her birthday, etc. Lucky for me, this year I was asked to speak in church on Mother's Day which meant I could also forget to write my talk until the day before.

On a side note, the last time I spoke in church was Father's Day. And I can only wonder if it is a coincidence or if there is some connection.

True to form, Saturday found me scrambling to find references to mothers in the scriptures. It also found me in the Target parking lot with the family in tow. Since I now have a three year old, I decided the most appropriate thing to do would be bring her with me while we shop for mom and let her "help". And by "help" I mean "pick" the present. And by "pick", I mean put it in the basket when I hand it to her.

Everything went just dandy, and as we walked back to the car, I explained that it was a surprise for mom and we would go home, wrap it, and give it to her the next day. My daughter loves surprises, so I thought she might grasp the concept.

And grasp it she did. The second we saw mom, she blurted, "We got you a DVD! And a funny card! It's a surprise!" Since she was being so helpful, I was hoping she would start saying insightful things about mothers that I could then put in my talk. Nope. However, I was amused, mostly at my naiveté, but also because she also told the cashier at Trader Joe's what we got for mom.

When we got home, there was a mini tantrum because, apparently, she thought the DVD was for her. We are still working on the "presents for other people" concept. So we skipped the wrapping and just put it in a bag right then, and gave it to mom right then, and we all sat down and watched it right then.

Watching the movie didn't help me write my talk either.

1 comment:

bek said...

If someone had their wife make dinner on mothers day for that someone's family and then proceed to take a nap while she cooked, would that trump your story?