Mother’s Day 2014 has arrived! So much to be thankful for, as a Mom, and so much
gratitude for all that my mother left me with when I was 23.
This day is always an emotional one for present-day moms, those who have lost a mom or the hope of being one. Mostly, however, it is a happy day often as families gather to share the day, talk on the phone or Skype, or, possibly, by the traditional letter or flowers or treats.
With Mother’s Day in mind, I made a brief stop at the local food store where I hoped to buy some of the delicious cupcakes in the bakery. While waiting for these items, I met another mom and had a conversation that left me thinking. I tried to write a poem but it has morphed into more of a prose anecdote. Whatever the case, this little “poem” is what I “Found on Friday” at the grocery store.
“Found” on Friday
There I was
waiting at the bakery counter
to pick up a vanilla cupcake treat
for Mother’s Day
A shiny stainless steel shopping cart approached
pushed by a 30-something Mom
with a Cheerio-eating toddler in the childseat
Smiles of parenthood were exchanged between Moms
Seeing the contented little one, I asked, “How old is your daughter?”
“Oh, she’s 14 months, kind of big isn’t she?
“She’s so cute,” I replied
The young Mom continued, “Oh, I always say that to people. But I guess it isn’t any surprise. My husband is 6’4” and I’m kind of chunky”, she smiled.
Surprised by this comment, I responded quickly to her words with “Oh don’t say that, she’s beautiful! Look at those eyes.”
From behind the counter, the white-capped baker announced “Cupcakes ready”.
With a quick glance at the happy Mom and her blue-eyed child,
I turned to retrieve the box of cupcakes. I placed it in the cart with my groceries.
I looked over my shoulder to the mother and child as they were giggling over some spilled Cheerios.
We waved to each other before setting off in different directions.
Then, in unison, we called out “Happy Mother’s Day!”
© 2014 Patricia A. McGoldrick
Have a great weekend, all!