Somebody.

Friday, May 11, 2012


The other day I was in line paying for a gelato.  Parker was tucked into his stroller by my side.  My money was at the ready as my gelato was rung up.  The man working behind the counter was making faces at Parker, sticking his tongue out,  opening his eyes wide. Parker was smiling.  Tentatively, but smiling nonetheless.  He looked at me as if to say: Is this guy ok, Mom?  I smiled back at him: It's ok, Parker.  He continued looking happily at the man, and the man continued making faces at Parker.

Then, Parker's smile disappeared.  At first, his face registered, "Ok.  I'm over it."  But, he breezed right through that territory.  Then, the tears welled up in his eyes.  He frantically looked over to me as his mouth turned sad and a little cry began.  I got close to his face and said, "It's ok, sweetie!"  I said to the man that he's in that stage, paid for my gelato, and left.

It took him no time at all to calm down, but once outside the store, I gave him a little reassurance-snuggle anyway.  I'm sure I whispered some sort of soft I-love-you's in his ear, then began walking again, eating my gelato as we went on our merry way.

Though his tears were short-lived, I couldn't help thinking this moment was something more significant and one I wouldn't soon forget.  My luck, really.  My luck, my blessing, my call-it-what-you-will.  This little boy, still so new to this world, was scared.  An unfamiliar face shook him up a bit, and he ran the gamut of emotions from thinking it was quite fun to fear in about five seconds flat.  When he got scared, his eyes darted over to me.  To me!  His mama!  His eyes settled in mine, mine in his, and that's what calmed him down.  He knows me and I know him.  He needs me and I (really) need him too.

I am somebody to him.

I can't help bubbling over when I think about it.  It's a pretty sweet thing I've got going here.

35 comments:

  1. very lovely post and brings home the fact that "everyday is mother's day"...

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  2. What a beautiful realisation and what an awesome blessing!!!

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  3. So tender, Bridget.

    I remember when Everett was Parker's age...anybody with a loud voice terrified him and sent him searching for me--not Mike, me! It felt sort of guilty-good. It's bittersweet to me that he grew out of that. Now he'll go to anyone!

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  4. LOVE this. I too feel like SOMEBODY when my boys look at me. It's amazing.

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  5. Aw! One of my the many reasons I cannot wait to be a mamma. To be needed is a wonderful thing.

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  6. sniff sniff. so true. mines 2 and there are still times when we exchange those glances. he's always going to need you. you're his one and only.

    Happy Mothers Day!

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  7. so sweet. and that face!! you already know how i feel about that face...

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  8. This is just lovely. You're a great mom, Bridget :)

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  9. Moments like this are why I can't wait to be a mom.

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  10. This is so sweet...enjoy your Mother's Day weekend Bridget! :)

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  11. Oh so so sweet. I love this.

    Happiest mama's day to you!!

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  12. Awwww. This is the sweetest post. I can't wait to be a "somebody" to my little "someone". I can totally picture how he looked to your for comfort. You're right~ a blessing!

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  13. That is such a cute story and a great post!! He's quite the cutie.

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  14. What a sweet moment... Parker is so fortunate to have a mommy like you. Motherhood is forever and what a blessing.

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  15. How sweet, what a special thing you got with your little man :)

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  16. What a sweet post.
    It is amazing when you really think about how much he relies on you. Knows you. Trusts you. You are mama! Here you roar.
    Happy Mother's Day Bridget! xo

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  17. or "hear". Whichever.Duh.

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  18. Cute post! Happy Mother's Day!

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  19. sweetest story ever. hope you have an awesome mothers day bridge! :)

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  20. Love this. And I get it now.

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  21. I have to tell you that your post brought tears to my eyes. I am a new mama to a nine week old little girl and I know that feeling- being someone. It is the most amazing part of being a mom. Maybe even the essence. I love those moments when it just kind of washes over you. Well put.

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  22. This is so beautiful! I get this feeling from my sweet nine month old nephew. His parents aren't really around my mom pretty much takes care of him. I live down the street and I try to go over to the house as much as possible, but sometimes I can't with my schedule. However every time I do go over, when I walk in he gets this HUGE cheesy grin on his face and immediately wants me to hold him. Yesterday I went over and there are two games that I have played with him since he was moved back to Florida and there's just this precious sparkle in his eyes whenever I start to play those with him.

    Like I am the absolute best person in the world. It completely pulls every single heart string inside of me.

    Children are such beautiful blessings.

    I really really love this post. :)

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  23. so very sweet!
    and the best part? it gets even more intense. that bond. that mommy can fix it. and the worst part? it gets more intense! i love that you recognized how special that look it!!

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  24. What sweet reminder from your baby boy so close to mother's day :)

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  25. Darling, I always read you - but this one was worth the click out from Google Reader :)

    This was beautifully woven - a moment where mother and son were completely in tune with each other - understood without words.

    Perfect, sweetheart.

    xoxo

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  26. Ahh, those are sweet moments. You're wonderful that you weren't too busy eating, texting, or what ever to notice it. Happy Mothers Day Bridget!!

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  27. Isn't wonderful? And Happy Mother's Day, Bridget!!

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  28. Best feeling. Absolute Best. Well written Bridget.

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  29. Amazing. I love that look of awe my son gives me daily - Long may it last!

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  30. this is one of the sweetest "mom" posts i have ever read. i love how every once in a while something like this will hit you in a way you've never felt before. i'm glad you shared that experience with all of us. :)

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  31. this is one of the sweetest "mom" posts i have ever read. i love how every once in a while something like this will hit you in a way you've never felt before. i'm glad you shared that experience with all of us. :)

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  32. There are not a whole lot of things that make me feel ready to have a baby, but this post was one of them - thank you :)

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  33. LOVE this post.

    And Parker is ridiculously cute.

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