The Best Possible Mother’s Day Present – You Already Know What It Is – Or, Saturday Morning at 8:23am


My husband brought my kids home for the weekend as a surprise Mother’s Day present. Well, a surprise with lead-up, as he told me they’d be coming yesterday morning so that I could have time to clean and shop.

He knows I like to nest.

The two of them, tall, grinning, sweet as sugar, arrived on my doorstep last night. When we were talking about weekend plans, I told them I’d just have to write a quick blog post this morning before any other adventures. My daughter said,

“Hop hop, clap clap.”

I had told them that upon hearing the news of their visit, I began to hop up and down clapping, saying, “My little pats of butter are coming home!” Then I ran through the house, clapping some more, pulling sheets from the beds and polishing mirrors. When they got here I hopped and clapped again.

We stayed up a while, sitting at the kitchen counter. I made them some dinner, we drank old red wine. Then we nestled into the living room for a few minutes. Eventually I went off to bed, only to emerge shortly and say, “Would you like me to tuck you in?” Someone answered, “Would you like to, Mama?” And I would, so I stood at the sink while they brushed their dear teeth. Then I my pulled up daughter’s sheets, kissed my son goodnight, and went back to bed.

Tea with my daughter this morning. My son and husband are still dozing.

Hop hop, clap clap, indeed. Have a wonderful weekend.

33 Comments

  • 05/10/14
    8:51 am

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    Dalit Fresco said...

    Sweet, so sweet. I too keep stroking my son’s hair when he comes home, sniffing his neck, and just absorbing him as much as I can. The hugs do last longer after they’re 20.
    Happy Mother’s Day.

    05/13/14
    10:37 am
    Lisa said...

    @Dalit Fresco, I sniff the tops of their heads:).

  • 05/10/14
    8:53 am

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    déjà pseu said...

    This put such a smile on my face. Enjoy all of the hops and claps and tuck-ins.

  • 05/10/14
    9:06 am

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    Joyce Lau said...

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    My present was that my 2.5-year-old said “I love you, Mama” for the first time yesterday.

    05/13/14
    10:37 am
    Lisa said...

    @Joyce Lau, Oh hooray!

  • 05/10/14
    9:08 am

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    A Note On Style said...

    The feeling of happiness I get from spending time with my kids and caring for them never ends…no matter how old. Happy Mothers Day…hopping and clapping with my son home and our family together for the weekend!

  • 05/10/14
    9:09 am

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    Susan said...

    Happy Mother’s Day Lisa–have a wonderful weekend with your children.

  • 05/10/14
    9:49 am

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    Laura said...

    Aww ‘hop hop clap clap’ indeed! Happy Mother’s Day to you X

  • 05/10/14
    10:05 am

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    Loretta said...

    I love this! Pinch their cheeks like my Italian great grandfather used to do and tell them its from all the blog ladies who love their mamma so much!

  • 05/10/14
    10:20 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    Oh I can almost hear that clapping sound!
    Enjoy and Hoppy Mother’s Day!

  • 05/10/14
    10:34 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    You always seem so…calm, cool and self-possessed to me, that at first I couldn’t fathom you hopping and clapping with glee. Then I could, and was delighted.

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Lisa.

    05/13/14
    10:38 am
    Lisa said...

    @Jan’s Sushi Bar, The calm and self-possession is an artifact of having time to think before I press publish. IRL I’m much more high-wire. But, I like your picture of me so don’t let me disturb it:).

  • 05/10/14
    10:55 am

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    K-Line said...

    What a wonderful surprise! Have a terrific weekend.

  • 05/10/14
    11:09 am

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    Jennifer said...

    Delightful! Sounds like a wonderful weekend for you. Happy. Mother’s Day!

  • 05/10/14
    11:24 am

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    Mardel said...

    Oh so sweet! It sounds like an absolutely delightful weekend, and a fabulous mother’s day gift!

  • 05/10/14
    12:21 pm

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    Candace said...

    Your husband is too wonderful!
    Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

    05/13/14
    10:39 am
    Lisa said...

    @Candace, That he is.

  • 05/10/14
    12:33 pm

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    Eleanorjane said...

    So sweet. Delighted for you! Enjoy your weekend as a privilege for all your hard work in raising great kids!

    05/13/14
    10:41 am
    Lisa said...

    @Eleanorjane, I never feel I deserve it, just as though I’ve been so, so fortunate.

  • 05/10/14
    1:25 pm

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    Mary Anne said...

    You have a real jewel of a husband! What an incredible, fabulous, perfect gift for you.

  • 05/10/14
    1:28 pm

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    Anna said...

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    You have THE very best husband and I am thrilled for you!

  • 05/10/14
    2:22 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    What a completely romantic gift; clap clap for Significant Husband!

  • 05/10/14
    3:40 pm

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    Sydney Shop Girl said...

    Happy Mother’s Day, Lisa.

    SSG xxx

  • 05/10/14
    4:43 pm

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    kathy said...

    Can’t think of a better, or more thoughtful present. Enjoy them and have a very Happy Mother’s Day.

  • 05/10/14
    5:39 pm

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    Frances/Materfamilias said...

    Awwww….. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • 05/10/14
    6:04 pm

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    Jacqueline said...

    Such a delight! What a lovely gift.

  • 05/10/14
    6:34 pm

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    WorthyStyle said...

    I can’t wait to have ‘pats of butter’ of my own someday. That is one of the cutest phrases I have ever heard for a reference to children. ::awwww:: Any story on that?

    Happy Mother’s Day, Twitter Mom.

    XO

    05/13/14
    10:45 am
    Lisa said...

    @WorthyStyle, And to you in the future TwitterD! “Pats of butter” is how I describe what young children are like, so soft and melty.

  • 05/10/14
    6:36 pm

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    E. Jane said...

    The greatest happiness is often found in what is already a part of our lives. Wonderful husband you have…

  • 05/10/14
    10:08 pm

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    pamela gene daley said...

    My 3.5 year old grandchild said to her Mama to day: “Cuddles with you are extraordinary, Mama!”

    They aren’t here with me but that will do.

    :)(:

    05/13/14
    10:47 am
    Lisa said...

    @pamela gene daley, That is wonderful.

  • 05/10/14
    11:21 pm

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    Kathy said...

    Have a wonderful day, Lisa. You have been blessed with something beyond privilege.

  • 05/11/14
    3:19 am

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    flwjane said...

    Better than a bouquet any old day.

    So happy for you all.

    Well done on the husband choice.

    xo J

  • 05/11/14
    4:37 am

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    Dawn said...

    Happy Mother’s Day, Lisa! Glad you’re enjoying the best gifts ever. xo

  • 05/11/14
    5:41 am

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    Buckeroomama said...

    I’m hopping and clapping for you. Happy to hear that you’re having a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  • 05/11/14
    8:59 am

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    Elizabeth said...

    Adorable! Tall, grinning, sweet as sugar.

    And hearts as big as the world for letting you tuck them in!

    05/13/14
    10:34 am
    Lisa said...

    So true.

  • 05/11/14
    9:00 am

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    Jenny-AdventuresAlongtheWay said...

    This made me happy to read!

  • 05/11/14
    9:10 am

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    Rachel said...

    The delight and love in this post brought tears to my eyes both times I read it — and compelled me to grab some cuddles with both of my 10 year old sons knowing that some day they will leave our nest and returns will be as special as you described.

    05/13/14
    10:34 am
    Lisa said...

    One never regrets a cuddle.

  • 05/11/14
    10:39 pm

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    elle said...

    I am undone.

    So much love to you & yours. xx

  • 05/12/14
    2:02 am

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    Stacey said...

    What a Mother’s Day gift … hope you enjoyed their company all this weekend!

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