I just got home last night from a wonderful 10 days of fun and rain and snow. While the weather did not prove to be as beautiful as we had hoped it would be in either Texas or North Carolina the time with family and friends was beyond wonderful. I would not trade good weather for the experiences that I had the past 10 days, trust me.
The majority of my time was spent with our youngest son at his townhouse in Raleigh. Aaron has done such a fabulous job of decorating and getting it all personalized and I love to stay there. We have our own room there now since he is sans roommate and he is always such a gracious host. One night when he had a work dinner he arranged for his friends to take me out to dinner so I would not be by myself. How sweet was that?
Aaron is a very busy young man. He is very driven and takes a lot upon himself in hopes of getting a bit farther in his work world. He was always the one who was the entrepreneur—selling golf balls and cookies on the golf course (read my post about this here) and selling anything that was not nailed down on Ebay or Craig’s List. He is going places, mark my words.
The one area that he might lack a little in is in the ironing department. He has adopted the “Iron As You Go” philosophy which works for him. What it means is that when I arrived on Monday night I had to remove huge piles of clothing from the bed in order to sleep. It usually is “my job” to clean it up when I visit. It is not “assumed” that I do it but I do. It is not a requirement for staying with him—it is just part of me being mom. And you know what? It works. Aaron even put s nice tv in my room and hooked up Netflix and Pandora so I had the comforts of everything that I needed in order to clear the bed!!!
I decided to start watching “Cheers” from the very first show and since there are 100 episodes I figured it would keep me going while I ironed! I was right. And so I started and the stats are as follows:
- 53 long sleeved dress shirts
- 21 pairs of pants
- 4 pairs of shorts
- 18 polo shirts—long and short sleeved
- 14 sweaters that just needed a little steam put to them
- 5 suit jackets that needed a few wrinkles ironed out
- 5 handkerchiefs
- 15 episodes of “Cheers”
Is he a bit of a clotheshorse??? Perhaps a bit—he gets that from me. Did I enjoy doing it?? Absolutely. You see with every shirt and pair of pants that I ironed I said a prayer for him. And that, my friends, is what makes the experience of being a mom and doing mundane tasks like ironing a spiritual experience. I know a lot of you will think that this is a ridiculous thing for me to do—-that somehow I am doing him a disservice by doing this but I kid you not—–it is one of my favorite things to do for him. Yes, he does iron when I am not there. He is capable. But it is also something that I can do to help him and why on earth would I not do that for him when I can pray while I do it???
Is there something that you do for your children or another loved one that people don’t understand why you do it??? I would love to hear what it is!