Most of the things our kids do “behind our backs” are not good. If they were good, I’d argue, they would be doing them in front of our backs and not, instead, in secret with the fear of being caught perched atop their heads. Sometimes, however, the things that our kids do without our knowledge not only catch us off guard, but are utterly fantastic.
Last week I turned the very unspectacular age of 51. I’m generally a terrible birthday girl and more often than not, wind up in tears for one reason or another; some are legit others I blame on hormones. Anyway, this birthday started off with the youngest of my son-to-be stepsons having some, shall we say, fairly significant stomach issues. Vomit, sofas and carpets were involved. Swell. Trying to be supportive while keeping my distance and willing away the fears of rampant contagions travelling through the house, I embraced the fact that, at least this year, my birthday tears would be warranted.
And then Harrison FaceTimed me.
I answered the call, and up popped his bearded face*, all smiles. I felt better already. He wished me a happy birthday, asked what I was doing (avoiding vomit) and then, with a hesitation in his voice that only a mother can sense, told me that he had something to tell me. Again I say, swell.
“So”, he began. “I’ve been working on something for about six months and I am finally ready to tell you about it”. (He was talking too slowly. I felt a wave of nausea pass over me, bracing myself) “There is something that I know you really really really want but will never ever ever do for yourself.” (Okay, I’m listening…) “While I was home last semester and you thought all I was doing was imprinting my ass into the sofa**, I was actually stalking your Facebook page, your blog, your LinkedIn so that I could get the word out to as many people that you know as possible.” (What word? Aren’t I the one who is supposed to be stalking you? Still talking too slowly!) He continued: “I set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to get you Lasik…and now we can do it!” (WHA???? OMG, NFW, WOOT WOOT!)
I was so touched. I was so overwhelmed. I was so proud that I’d raised him to be such a kind and generous soul. And. I. Was. So. Psyched!
And then, because I am me, I pelted him with questions. He laughed and directed me to the page so that I could see for myself. His letter made me cry. Like good cry. Like not the lame ass birthday cry I always have, but a cry because his words (which, if we are being honest, he had not been using aloud for the past several months) were music to this mother’s ears.
My kids do not generally keep much from me. We are pretty rock solid. However, if that which they are sneaking around doing is something as fantastic as this, I’m down with it.
To those of you who so generously donated: thank you from the bottom of my heart and the pupil of my eyes. I’m touched beyond measure. I need to find a way to properly thank you, but consider this a start.
I really am blessed. (And ridiculously excited!) Here’s to being able to see my clock in the middle of the night…
p.s. If you have a Lasik horror story, I beg you to keep it to yourself. I am anxious and neurotic enough.
*He’s had the beard for years, but I am still a little bit surprised every time I see him that he is, well, a man. Here’s a picture of him with his first beard.
**That’s true. But he did so while listening to lectures, studying and becoming an EMT, so it wasn’t for naught. Oh, and here he is now: