Thursday, January 24, 2013

Six Word Fridays: Handle

Dipping my fingers into the can
of olives - hating the smell, sickened
a bit by the slimy feel -
I began to make the penguins.
The silly little penguins. Chopping little
carrot feet, and tiny carrot beaks,
I took great care with each
of the silly little penguin apetizers.
Stuffing bellies with cream cheese and
attaching the body parts with toothpicks...
I laughed at myself. I stood
at the counter for an hour
or two...chopping, stuffing, smiling, sighing.
As my fingers played with the
bits of food, my heart worked
to process the reality. My baby
boy had graduated and we were
having a party. And I was
making silly penguins. Hoping he'd know
that each penguin meant love. Pride.
Knowing that {at least} he'd laugh.

I stood, processing....trying to get
a handle on the fact that
nothing I will ever give, or
have ever given...not the all
nighters, the meals, the laundry or
the worry...not the game watching,
the long talks or the hand holding....
no, nothing - not even penguin making -
will ever compare to all I've
received because he calls me mom.

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  1. I have to say those penguins are super cute ;).

  2. LOL, well those penguins are adorable! And I'm sure they were much appreciated. :)

  3. I'm in love with the penguins! Congrats to you and your son!

  4. My Thing #2 is CRAAAAAZY for penguins. Going to have to show her this :)

  5. i can't handle how cute these are!!

  6. Adrienne,
    Ah, motherhood and aging out our kiddos. My son got married earlier this month. I understand. However, I would not have the patience, dexterity, or fortitude to make those darling little penguins, good job mom!


  7. I love the penguins, but I love the sentiment of this poem more. Congrats again to him (and to you). You've done well, mama

  8. thanks a, happy to be here on SATURDAY!!!

  9. I made my husband come and ooh and aah over how sweet these little guys are.

  10. Although I don't "do" olives, those are some mighty cute penguins.

    (Sigh).... the love we mothers have for our sons.....

  11. magnifique ces pinguins tres jolie idee !

  12. Wow, I love the penguins ! So cute! Congrats to him and to you :)

  13. Ohmyword! A labor of love! Those are so cute! :-) Hope the celebration was wonderful.