Apparently, someone thinks this weekend should have an extra holiday.
Everyone gets crazy around specific holidays, usually out of obligation. Christmas, it’s always the rush to get that “something not so special” because of the obligation. Mother’s Day is another one of those holidays. I have a mom, obviously, and I love her. Sometimes she’s the only person that can understand my point of view, but I don’t really celebrate Mother’s Day. Not because I don’t love her, but because she has always taught me that it didn’t matter, just like the obligatory Christmas gift. What means more is the random caring gesture made on any other day of the year. I call her regularly, bring pastries by on a whim, pull up the newest U2 video to brighten her day…because that’s what people do for the ones they love, no matter the date. She does the same for me, that is just how my family is and I am extremely fortunate.
Well, it looks like someone has heard my lesson and may be learning something from it. Apparently, it is Unicorn Day this weekend and I happen to be a unicorn. To express his gratitude for what I have brought to his life, he made me a present…a Mookie picture! Complete with tongue sticking out. This thing is pretty awesome. It is cut out of different pieces of paper and glued together (something he learned from a project we did together last week). It’s great to receive handmade gifts, but even more gratifying because I can see that he truly is learning. Not just about creating, but also the value in doing for others. Now, one could argue that I received such a spectacular gift on a holiday. Yes, that is true, but the fact that a kid could think of creating a holiday during a time when even school is focusing on another, pre-existing holiday, is incredibly thoughtful. In all honesty, many kids only know to do nice things on holidays because that is what’s modeled by those around them. Being thoughtful and caring just because, that is a lesson few teach. Beyond my new piece of artwork, to see that this kid is learning to care is gift enough. Oh, and there were also mini chocolate cupcakes.