Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So, This Is What He Thinks Of Me

Like most kids, my children loooove to draw. My 12 year old "C" can literally make anything out of paper. She once made a pair of flip flops out of cardbord, tons of tape, scrapbook paper and paint. She's made purses, Christmas ornaments, the list goes on and on. My 8 year old "J" makes elaborate games involving Mario, Luigi and the whole Mario Brothers entourage. I am convinced he is going to be a video game designer. "J" also communicates a lot through cards and notes rather than an actual conversation. He leaves little notes for us all over the house. A few nights ago "J" called Hubby and I to the table to give us cards he had made. When he handed Hubby his card, he told him, "Dad, this is the man you always wanted to be!" then he handed him this card.

I know it's hard to see, but it's a man in overalls, with a pitchfork and a cow and a barn in the background.  You see, he knows that Hubby has always wanted land and animals.  Growing up in Texas, he bottle fed and raised calves, chickens, goats, etc.  Once he moved to Arkansas, that part of his life was over.  We've been in apartments or subdivisions ever since.  He desperately wants land and animals so that's what "J" drew for him.  Then "J" gave me my picture.  I HATE that it accidentally got misplaced, but it was a lovely picture of me standing in front of a stove with a frying pan. 
And I thought, really?  Is this what he thinks of me?  The lady who feeds him?  He did once tell me I would make a great "lunch lady".  Then I thought, maybe that's okay.  After all, if not an amazing actress, the only other career ambitions I ever had were wife and mom.  Maybe he sees me as the person who always takes care of his needs.  The person without whom he wouldn't have food and clean clothes and all the love in the world.  That's sweet.  OR maybe he just thinks I'm his maid and pesonal chef.  Hmmm.  I'm gonna go with the first option.  It makes me feel a little better. 

So, I guess that's how he sees me.  Personal chef.  Personal Laundress.  Chauffer.  Maid.  Giver of affection and unconditional love.  Yeah, I'll take that title. 


  1. That's so sweet! I love that picture. And yeah, if that's how our kids see us, I guess we're doing our job well, right?

  2. I can see how that could be sweet and endearing and exasperating. ;) Why couldn't he have drawn you with a crown and scepter? ;)

  3. son once told me I was a good cooker!!!


  4. Awww... When he grows up he'll look back and have fond memories of what a great mom he had and think about how lucky he was.