I have become quite the liar of late. Last week, my six-year-old daughter asked me for an apple. I told her that I didn't have any more to give her. After a few minutes of rummaging around the refrigerator, she retrieved from the bottom drawer something that might have been an apple at some point in history and held it up triumphantly.
"LIAR!" she hissed.
On Friday morning, I told my kids that I would take them to the park after preschool/kindergarten. When my daughter got off the bus at 11:30am, it was raining cats and dogs.
"Obviously we're not going to the park today," I told them.
"LIAR!" they barked in unison.
I tried (in vain) to explain to the mob the difference between willful deceit and failing to check the weather.
"This is your second lie of the day," Cortlen calculated later that afternoon when we came out of Target empty-handed. They were sold out of swimsuits in his size.
At that point, I realized that I needed to watch my words and make doubly sure that nothing I said to any of my children at any time had the air of a promise. I also needed to be better about following through with the promises that I did make.
"It's time for quiet time," I announced yesterday afternoon. "Everyone in your room for 30 minutes."
"But I don't want to go in my room right now!" wailed Camber, stomping the foot that supposedly is sprained and on the verge of falling off.
"We told you about this this morning," my husband reminded them. "You have to go. We don't want to be liars."
Any other liars out there?
Today's special mom is Melissa from Missouri. I was so touched by her email because, among other incredible things, Melissa is a birth mother. I can't put my feelings on the subject of adoption any better than Melissa herself:
"I am proud to admit that I am a birth mother. I had a baby boy and because I wanted better for him, I placed him for adoption. I didn't live anywhere safe to raise a baby and he deserved more. His mom and dad are awesome people who prayed for a baby for years....I gave them mine."
Melissa: You are my hero.
Melissa is going to receive a very special sterling silver infinity ring from Seababe Jewelry. Handmade in Hawaii (where I wish I was right now), this ring symbolizes a mother's eternal bond with and love for her children. How perfect and how true.
Melissa will also be getting an all natural body care gift set from Bella Luna.
Specifically, this set includes:
* Verbena Lime-scented all natural sugar body scrub
* Lemongrass sage organic shower gel with goat's milk & shea butter.
* Bodhi Tree fig-scented Himalayan sea salt scrub
I don't know what half of this stuff is, but it sounds good :)
There are lots of reasons to buy from Bella Luna, but one of the biggest is that 20% of the sales from her Lemongrass shower gel go straight to the Nie Nie Recovery Fund to benefit the family of Stephanie Nielson, a young mother of four from Arizona who, along with her husband, was critically burned in a small plane crash last August. The kindess of strangers astonishes.