Mother's Day 2015 - one for my bucket list.
It was the best Mother's Day present ever - one every mom wants.
I was blessed to spend the evening at my first Garth Brooks concert in 17 years - together with all of my kids and their spouses.
The last time I saw him perform my daughter was in fifth grade and my son was in eighth. We traveled to Lincoln in my suburban with me as the only legal driver among us.
This time it was different. They are parents of their own amazing kids. I am Grandma – 4 times over. We drove to downtown Omaha in two separate vehicles with five legal drivers between us.
Garth was different as well. In these 17 years he, too, has become a grandparent.
But the concert wasn't really the Mother's Day present - it was being with my grown kids.
We are all crazy-busy. Working, caring for preschoolers, pets, extended family - the weeks (and months and years) fly by. But this Mother's Day - for about 4 hours - I got to be with my grown kids - both of them.
Give the least expensive and most valuable gift - you.
A simple dinner, an evening around the fire pit - it doesn't have to be a Garth Brooks concert to qualify. Sure, I see each of my kids and my amazing grandkids each week. But, this was different.
Maybe I liked it so much because we were together again – the 3 of us – just like all the years when I was a single parent. Or maybe I liked that now, as adults, it showed they want to spend time with me.
Whatever the reasons, it was extraordinarily special to me – a sort of Mother's Day 'Perfect Storm of Gifts'.
- First, it was Mother's Day.
- Second, I was with them.
- And, third – I got to hear Garth sing his touching song "Mom."
The song is about a conversation between a soon-to-be-born baby and God. The baby is afraid - saying he doesn't "really know if I want to go down there".
I will leave you with some of my favorite lyrics. Bring a tissue.
"You'll never have a better friend
Or a warmer touch to tuck you in
She'll kiss your bruises, your bumps and scrapes
And anytime you hurt, her heart's gonna break
So hush now baby, don't you cry
'Cause there's someone down there waiting whose only goal in life
Is making sure you're always gonna be alright
A loving angel tender, tough and strong
It's almost time to go and meet your mom."
"Mom" was written by Sampson, Don / Varble, Wynn.