How does your mom show you she loves you?


Lately when we go to church, instead of going to her Sunday School room, #1 wants to go with us to sing in the “Visionary” aka Sanctuary.  She enjoys singing with us as well and the church members.  She also enjoys staying for the Children’s Moment (where they all sit at the front of the church with the pastor and get a miniature, kid friendly sermon). 

If you haven’t been to a Children’s Moment, it has the potential to be quite amusing.  A large bunch of kids, and one adult asking questions.  You can imagine.

This Sunday, Mother’s Day of all days, #1 was super excited.  She ran up to the front and sat right next to Ms. Susan* 

Ms. Susan started her lesson with a bird’s nest and started talking about all of the work the mommy bird did to make the next to take care of her babies.  It was then that #1 made a noise.  I don’t remember what, but an “oh” or something like that.

It was right then that Mr. Serious and I looked at each other.  “#1’s mic’d.”  Oh, no.  Please don’t say or do anything embarrassing.  Dear God, everybody in the church is watching. 

Ms. Susan asked the kids what their mommies to do show them that they love them.

“When I throw up…”

Oh, no.  I’m stunned, and laughing.  Tears are welling up in my eyes.  She went there, didn’t she?  Everybody is looking our direction and giving us a look.  The one that is sympathetic yet appreciative that it’s not their kid.

Ms. Susan is looking intently at #1, giving her the “finish your thoughts look.”


“It’s okay, honey, what does your mommy do?”

“Um.  She takes me to the bathroom, and puts me in the bathtub and washes me off,” so matter-of-factly.  With perfect inflections in her voice.  Like, how did you not know what my mommy does when I throw up?

“Yes, dear, that’s an excellent example of your mommy showing you how she loves you.  She cleans you up and takes care of you when you are sick.” 

And, then the sermon was pretty much over, and #1 ran over to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek and when off to Sunday School.

*name changed to protect the innocent


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  1. AHHH – At least she knows that's a time when you take care of her… because believe me, this lady dont do PUKE… yuck! 🙂

  2. You really don't know what they will say. I'm glad in her case it was no harm, no foul.

  3. Our children's sermon is always quite interesting, too! I wish I could recall some specific details, I just remember sitting there and laughing my behind off (and thanking God it's not my child!)!

  4. Mine is a little off the wall, but my mom died when I was in high school. The biggest sign I ever received that she still looks out for me is when I had to take a fifth year to get through college and had no idea how I was going to pay for it. Within the next month, the newspaper ran a list of unclaimed savings accounts that had reached maturity. On that list was a savings account in my name, taken out by my mother when I was little, that no one had any idea about. It was only $100 off of the amount I needed to cover my tuition for my final year of college. Some people call that coincidence, but not me! 🙂

  5. I love how literal kids are! At least she appreciates the puke clean up 🙂

  6. I absolutely love the stuff they come up with…although I'm not necessarily looking forward to the stuff that Mia comes up with! I can only imagine!

  7. That is hilarious! My Lizzie is just now getting to the age where she is saying things that are amusing. I love that your Izzy picked the throwing up story to share that you love her! That really is one of the true signs of love isn't it?

  8. Yes, Izzy my friend, cleaning up throw up is love FOR SURE!!
    How precious is that!!
    Hey, it could have been worse..right?!?!

  9. That is so sweet!! It is so funny what a little kid's definition of love is! Glad you shared this story!

  10. HA! Izzy cracks me up, the things kids will say. Even my 16 yr old says things that make me wonder "huh?".

  11. Taken in the context, it was totally a sweet, perfect thing for her to say.

    I can't imagine what Wu would say, something about poop and butts, I'm sure 😉

  12. I never knew how much poop and puke I'd wade into when I became a mom. And be able to cuddle and laugh at the same time. 🙂

  13. Awww. That is so sweet! I don't think that was embarrassing at all. Seriously. I was waiting for something like, "Boys have penises and girls have vaginas!" 😉 See? Don't you feel better now? 😉

  14. hee hee…..silly Iz. Could have been a lot worse though, huh?

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