In honor of this upcoming Mother’s Day, I’d like to share a funny story about my personal journey through motherhood.
I love hugging, kissing and cuddling my kids throughout the day. And without prompting they often will do the same to me, even to each other. Watching these two brothers hugging will always be my favorite part! Every night before the kids go to sleep, I spend a few minutes in each bed, cuddling with them individually.
Here’s how things usually go with my four-year old when I’m about to leave his bed for the night.
“Je t’aime beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup,” I’ll say.
If you don’t speak any French, this means I love you very, very, very much.
To which my son will always (ALWAYS) respond, “I love you, caca liquide.”
Again, if you don’t speak French you may need me to translate this one. Are you ready for it? It means, I love you, liquid poop. Lovely.
To his defense, you have to understand that over the years we’ve endured many bouts of digestive problems, stomach viruses and gross toilet stories. Diarrhea has been one of the many symptoms, but caca liquide is a lot easier to pronounce for a little one. And so it’s stuck with him as a “tender” term to call his own mother. It’s one of those jokes we’re both in on. Er, I think…
A couple of days ago though, the routine suddenly changed. Maybe my son was very tired and had already put his funny hat down for the night.
“Je t’aime beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup,” I told him.
“I love you, Mama,” he replied.
Say what? Oh my gosh, I love this kid! He finally admits he loves me, just me, no toilet jokes included. Ah, it felt so good.
So last night, I got myself ready for a repeat. I know, I do have high expectations for him, but it’s good to try to reach for the stars.
As I was leaving his bed, I whispered “Je t’aime beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup.”
That’s when I heard, “Je t’aime beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup, caca liquide.”
What can I say? The kid said it all in French! I’m a proud, beaming Mama…
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms around the world, whether you’re celebrating this weekend, or did earlier this week (year) or will do so later this month.