For two very good reasons.
The first one being the results from American Idol last night. For once, I was not dissapointed with the final two - and I was so very happy and pleased to see that David Cook took it all. I really thought that David Archuletta was going to win, and though I would've been happy, I wouldn't have been nearly as happy as I was with the decision as it stood. He is so, so good. And I can't wait to buy his cd when it comes out. It really goes to show that nice guys don't always finish last….
And the second reason, which is truly the most important one -- is that today is my 7th year anniversary of being a Mom. That's right, seven years ago today my little peanut butter cup came into the world. Yes, I gave my little guy the nickname Peanut Butter Cup because naturally, they are my favorite things in the world and so that was a perfectly fitting nickname for the little boy who was so tiny that he seemed like he fit in the palm of my hand. It's absolutely a treasure to have a child, and what they offer to us is so much bigger than what we offer to them. While we try to give them the love, support, confidence and guidance they need to become strong, capable and kind human beings; they bring to us endless amounts of joy, excitement, and a renewed view of life. We get to see things as we saw them once but yet didn't fully understand. We get to relive innocence and unwavering, unconditional love; something that I think once we leave the warmth and comfort of our own parents we don't see again until the time comes and we have children of our own. The investment into our children is far less significant than what we receive in return. I can not think of anything I would want in life more than being a Mother to my children. And until you experience this for yourself…you will never fully understand it.
So I shake my head in amazement and say "wow" and "thank you" to my son. Because though it is his birthday, it's truly me who has received the gift.