11 December 2009

Smile For The Camera - The Gift, Something Old and Something New

The 19th Edition of Smile For The Camera - GIFTS

Although I am very young in this photo, I can clearly remember my thoughts when I found this shiny new red tricycle under the Christmas - Go Daddy Go! No stopping me now.

I have resisted writing about my sons and posting photos of them. Mostly to protect their privacy. But by far the greatest gift I have ever received was from my three stooges, er. . I mean sons.
I don't know about you, but my boys did not come with instructions or operator manuals. So yeah, it took me a few years to find a way to get them to adulthood alive. Through trial and error - ok alot of errors, I decided that less was more and raised my boys by trying to teach them the "Three C's" -
1. Common Sense
2. Courtesy
3. Compassion

My Eldest Son - Jacob

Of course most of the time I felt that whatever I said to them went in one ear and out the other. But I persevered and continued to tell them over and over phrases like:

"No, the kitty does not like to take his nap in the freezer"

"Please untie your brother from the ceiling fan"

"I do not care what your father told you I am the boss"

Ten or fifteen years go by, the boys have moved out and are on their own (except if you have a son named Kristopher then he has moved back in and your days of vacuuming naked are over).

My Middle Son - David

Er. . where was I? Oh yeah, so there I am minding my own business and my oldest says to me - "Remember Mom when you used to tell me over and over again that a way to capture a girl's heart was to remember to put the toilet seat down. Always. "

"Why, yes Jacob, I do remember telling you something along those lines. " And then . . . my son says those three little words that every mother longs to hear from her child -


Whoo Hoo!!!! This is a two-fer - I was right AND his brain retained that information from years ago and was able to apply it in a real life situation! David and Kristopher had epiphanies this year as well and shared them with me. Basically the same thing - I was right and that their brains were able to use what I taught them over the years and apply to their life now.

My Youngest Son - Kristopher

That is the great and most wondrous gift I have ever received .


Amy McDaniel said...

Thank you for this story, Sherri. I hope I will hear the same admission from my son someday! (and those are a great set of rules)

Greta Koehl said...

Ah, you have your priorities straight. And the quotes are absolutely priceless.

Darlene said...

Sheri, You have not changed a bit!

LOL, I used to also tell my son the "instructions or operator manuals" bit. I used the military version. The USAF uses technical orders for instructions or operator manuals which also may include an interim service manual and may include an illustrated parts breakdown. So I told my son, he did not come with a TO.

Brenda said...

Priceless, Sheri ... totally groovy Mamma Mia. Am forwarding to a fellow suffragette with 3 grown sons. Am contemplating how raising 3 girly daughters could be as triumphant, LOL.

hummer said...

It is a gratifying moment when they say something that tells you they remember what you taught. I love your post. I have six children. They are all grown and we have fun remembering too.
Appreciate your post. It tugged at my heart and made me laugh.

Miriam said...

Ah, there is hope. I just have to wait another 14 or 15 years. Hopefully, I (or he) will still be alive by then. :-)

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thanks for the "Smiles!"

Bill ;-)

Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"