Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Surprise

My second son, Patrick, moved to Arizona about 18 months ago. He wanted to "find himself," or maybe "find hot chicks." And he was probably more than a little tired of me telling him to pull his pants up, turn his hat around, and get a job.

I'd be lying if I told you anything other than that Patrick is my kindest son. He's very kindly to those he feels are weak and defenseless, and fierce beyond words if he perceives someone wronging such beings (persons or critters).

I'd also be lying if I didn't tell you that Patrick is exceedingly hot tempered, more so than any of my other children.

And it's absolutely true that Patrick was the hardest on me f
rom about age 11 to 20-something. If I was going to turn prematurely gray, Patrick would have been the guy for the job. Fortunately for me, I'm tougher than he is.

I have never wanted anyone to give me anything for Valentine's Day. It seemed wrong to me that my children should feel obligated to do something for me. It's enough that I love them, and they usually love me (except when I'm being "mean").

So, imagine my surprise this morning when this appeared on my table:

Patrick had contacted Dan, and they went in on flowers for me. Turns out
he was feeling bad about giving me a hard time for so many years. But remember my first statement about Patrick: he is my kindest son. And this proves it.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I hope you all get a surprise as happy as mine!

20 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What a lovely surprise. Happy Valentine's Day. Diane

Nichole said...

What a very sweet surprise! Happy Valentine's Day!

altadenahiker said...

Not only did you post the best essay of the day right here, but the most touching comment of the day over my way. What a son, and what a husband.

Sue said...

What a nice surprise. Looks like you did a good job with him. Maybe he's the most like his Mom?

Big Dude said...

These two young men heroed

Dawn said...

Omg how sweet!

SissySees said...

Sputter, sputter, wipe, wipe. That was VERY touching, even moreso than the card the Knight surprised me with when I got home.

And how 'bout Sue's comment? Is she right - maybe? ;)

Sarah said...

I hate crying! What a lovely surprise and nice to know that he is thinking of you fondly.

Pam said...

Oh, that is so sweet!!

Barbara B. Solbrig said...

That is so sweet! Sometimes sons surprise us!

gMarie said...

Sweet! Nice kids. g

Mary said...

What a great surprise!! Those are beautiful flowers.

The Blonde Duck said...

Aww! How sweet!

monica said...

What a treat !! Sons are so lovely !

Pam said...

How sweet! My son gives me gray hairs everyday and he is only 6! I am scared for the teenage years.

Petrea Burchard said...

Yes.
And I love the pics of Thor.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aww...what a lovely, lovely story!! This is what makes being a mother worthwhile -huh? :-)

Hsin-Yi

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a lovely surprise! Beautiful flowers indeed.
Happy Valentine's Day!

camissonia said...

That's so sweet. And I'm in awe that you're a mom to 9 kids. I have my hands full just being the pet parent to one pooch...sigh.

Claire S. said...

Here's me trying to catch up a weeks' worth of blog reading LOL

Good for Patrick - beautiful flowers ! Mom said more than once, the satisfaction is pretty great when the one(s) who give you the most gray hair grow up and finally 'get it'. With 8, we all gave her some gray but we all finally grew up and realized everything she did for us.