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i wish for a do-over

i wish for a do-over

August 25, 2006

It was one of those perfect summer days. Where by the early evening you feel happy, tired, but at the same time refreshed. If that makes any sense. We had gone to the beach, caught little fish in buckets, and then gone for ice cream. One of those days where no one fought, or at least they didn’t fight much, this is reality after all, and things just seemed easy.

It was one of the days that I thought parenting would be solely made up of when I signed up for this mothering gig.

We got home and were sitting on the front porch steps. I felt like we could be in one of those Country Time Lemonade commercials. Sticky with ice cream, smiling, colored in sepia tones.

My 7 yr old hugged me and thanked me for all the fun he had, and especially for the ice cream. “Remember when we had all those wishing dandelions and we made lots of wishes? I wished for a perfect day… just like today. My wishes came true! What did you wish for, Mommy? Did your wish come true?”

On Mother’s day he had given me a “wishing dandelion” from our yard. He told me my present was that I could have any wish I wanted. If I were smarter I would have wished for a day with my children just like this one.

Instead I wished that all the dandelion seeds would blow into the neighbors yard, because we have enough of those damn yellow weeds already.

What a waste.

Today has started off as a less than stellar day and I really wish that there were some wishing dandelions out in the yard that I could go pick. I would wish for a do-over.

Posted by Chris @ 12:41 pm  

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  1. Debbie says:

    Those moments are the ones that keep us going aren’t they? What an adorable son you have to thank you like that. You’re a good Mom Chris.

    My day I’d do-over

    Hope that links :)

  2. meritt says:

    I could trying wishing over my ‘wishing coffee’ for you? Would that help? :)

    Of course now I also am thinking; blog about your day please! I want to know! ;)

  3. Jennifer says:

    I hope it turns around for you.

  4. peepnroosmom says:

    What a sweet boy you have. I hope your day gets better for you.

  5. JustLinda says:

    Awww.. how sweet is that??

    My little girl told me, last time she wished on a dandelion, “I wished to be a princess, a REAL princess. ‘Cause I already know I’m your princess, mommy.”

  6. Amy says:

    Here in the south, I still have plenty of those “wishing flowers” out in the yard. I’ll wish a do-over for you…

  7. Tammy says:

    What an awesome post!! Sounds like you are a great mom!

  8. Nicki says:

    Sounds wonderful. I would wish for a do-over for all moms. We all could use days like that!!!

  9. Sheree says:

    How precious…it sounds like you had a wonderful day that you will always remember. My husband are ttc our first child now, and I guess I wistfully picture days like that, but I also know the reality of it and that they won’t all be like that. But thanks for sharing your day…it makes me want to be a mother all the more.

  10. jody2ms says:

    Wonderful post.

    My do-over day was Monday…in particular the evening. Major do-over day.

  11. liz says:

    Beautiful post.

  12. Caya says:

    Just remember that dandilions are a very useful and cheerful, plucky little weed. The young dandilion greens are delicious and good for you, the roots make a beneficial tea, the pretty yellow heads are delicious when breaded and deep-fried. And they give wishes! So next spring you can feel better about these weeds. And you can make tomorrow be your do-over any time you want. :-)

  13. marg says:

    just for having a son that verbalizes his thoughts that well and all the hard work that you undoubtedly put in to help him/support him in getting to that point, you SO deserve a do over. hang in there. from all i read you seem to be simply amazing in the motherhood, wife, teacher, and home construction roles.

  14. nabbalicious says:

    Ugh. That is SO sweet!

  15. Sara says:

    Your son’s words were so sweet that they actually made my teeth hurt! I wish you peace.

  16. Tori says:

    This is what summer mummying days are all about…
    Makes it all better… well for a few hours at any rate!
    And just read your teeth blog. I too have spent 9 million dollars on my mouth post kids (it’s multiple pregnancies you know… it sucks the calcium out of you!!!!)… the only thing that kept me coming back to that dreaded chair was the fact that my dentist looked like Keanu Reeves….

  17. lilly says:

    What a beautiful boy of the wishing dandelions.

  18. Mary Tsao says:

    I wish I had a couple of do-over day cards in my house somewhere. Like get out of jail free cards.

    My grandmother used to say that for every child you have, you lose a tooth. My. Sorry about that, Chris!

  19. julie says:

    I wish there were more do overs….I feel like i could use them more often

  20. hilary says:

    very sweet and a well deserved day!

  21. rachel says:

    I had a few days like that lately. They ended up being great days in the end. Hope that happened for you, too.

    And if not, now yesterday is over. Come over here and help us capture some hermit crabs! It may be cool, but we’re off to the beach for a birthday party picnic!

  22. The Zero Boss says:

    If you figure out how to get that do-over, let me know, please. I’ve been petitioning the Department of Doing Over for the past nine years, and my pleas keep falling on deaf ears.

  23. Rae says:

    I know those days. And I also know the days that start off like your worst nightmare. Good thing they come and go.

  24. Laundry Woman says:

    Don’t worry. They’ll be back.

  25. Suburban Turmoil says:

    Without the bad days, thought, you wouldn’t fully appreciate those good ones. Right? Right?

  26. meredith says:

    No such thing as do-over-days…merde.

  27. Belinda says:

    Just go ahead a DO it over, dandelion or no. And it’s bound to be better next time ’round.

  28. Mom101 says:

    You always get a do-over. It’s called tomorrow. Hope it goes better.

  29. Izzy says:

    We’ve had a few of those awesome days this summer. Who wouldn’t wish for more of those? *sigh*

    And, in the immortal words of Miss Scarlett O’Hara…tomorrow is another day.

    I hope it’s a great one :)

    (we may be planning for a hurricane evacuation)

  30. pamela hornik says:

    I could use a do over today as well…what a great post. Lets find some dandelions- enjoy tomorrow.

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  32. meredith says:

    I eat my words, Mom 101 is right about the tomorrow.