There are moments as a mom that I wish with every fiber of my being that I could just hold on to forever... and never let them go. Literally freeze time and savor them just a little while longer. And yet, unfortunately, life doesn't work that way---and so more often than not-- after a precious moment I've spent with my children has passed-- I find myself saying a quiet prayer to Heavenly Father---pleading that he'll help keep this memory clear in my mind---that it be seared into my memory forever so I'll never forget it.
Hence the reason why I've learned that it is so important we record our special moments with our children somewhere---blog about them....journal about them on paper in a spiral notebook---or simply capture them with a camera---this way we can better ensure we'll have them to reflect back on after years have passed.
I had one of these special moments this week with my dear son and I want to record it here so he and I can always cherish it and remember this.
Let me explain....
We had been planning a date night together for some time....just the two of us. He was so looking forward to it. So this past Monday night, we decided it was time to make it happen. Daddy watched the babies while little man and I headed to his favorite Chinese restaurant in town to eat. He LOVES their wonton soup...I mean really loves it. He usually eats his bowl and then finishes either mine or Jody's, too.
So as we were looking over the menu after we were seated, we talked about what we were going to order. The wonton soup (of course) and then a few egg rolls. As I was waiting for the waitress to come over and take our order, I noticed that he pulled out several coins from his pocket and ever so intently began counting his money.
I asked him what he was doing and responded,
"I need to count my money and make sure I have enough---I'm buying dinner for you mama."
Apparently before we had left, he had gone back into his bedroom and pulled out some money from his piggy bank.
Oh my goodness....my heart swelled with such love and gratitude for this precious little man sitting in front of me. What a big and tender heart he has---and how special that he wanted to buy my dinner. It took everything I had to not just start bawling right there. My lip was quivering as the waitress approached us to take our order.
She asked him what he was doing with the money and he said, "I'm going to buy my mama dinner." I could tell she was so touched by this. He showed her his money and asked if it would be enough. She then began helping him count it out and then she gave me a wink and said,
"Yep...I think you have just enough to buy your mama dinner tonight."
What a tender moment for me...I pray I never forget my special date night little man when he was just 6 years old. The look on his face was priceless--he was beaming with pride when he used his own money to buy his mama dinner on our special date night.
I feel so blessed to have him as my son and eternally grateful for moments like this that we get to spend together....just the two of us.