Tonight, when I picked you up after work and immediately started bitching about my bad day, I was probably closer to crying than you realized. It had been one of those days. A day where I felt like everyone was yelling at me all day. A day where I wondered if I should have even bothered getting out of bed. A day where I felt so overwhelmed by my To-Do list that I barely go anything done because I sat there, staring at the list, and wondering where to begin. The day sucked donkey butts. Seriously stinky donkey butts.
I just grumbled and grumbled about my crappy day and started on dinner as soon as we got home. As you played with your sister and told me about your day, I grouched some more. Probably ruining several of your stories because I was too focused on my own bad mood. I’m sure my fuse was short and I should have paid you more attention, as well as your sister.
And what did you do? After dinner you said, “Why don’t I play with NikkiZ for a little while so you can take a bath?”
Do you know how awesome that was? In that moment, I was so proud of you. You were sympathetic to me and you made a kind offer to help. You could have gotten grumpy too, and stormed off to your room. But you didn’t. You offered to give me a break. And boy, did I take it. I soaked in the tub and read the latest TV Guide until the bubbles disappeared from the water. I stepped out of the tub feeling like a million dollars and took over baby patrol so you could go talk on the phone and play on iTunes. You probably saved yourself from a nighttime of nagging by giving me that small break, but you also reminded me how damn awesome you are in every way. I just don’t think I could thank you enough for just being the coolest kid around. You are the best big brother NikkiZ could ever dream of having, and she knows that. But you are also the best son a mother could hope for.
(Edited to Add: This was written last night. I realized seeing it that LilZ could be confused if he reads this today and think, “What the hell? Is Mom drinking again?”)
36 thoughts on “Dear LilZ,”
It has been said, and it says again. You have awesome kids. 🙂
Ditto! I’m teared eyed over here!!!
Awww…that brought tears to my eyes. What a sweetheart! You are raising quite the young man.
that was so sweet, he’s gonna make his future spouse very happy someday.
He really is great. It wouldn’t be so bad to have my boy turn out like him.
tears in the eyes…
LilZ is so wonderful. I hope someday I can raise my kids to be as great as he is.
Your kid continues to blow me away, man.
Awww, that’s so sweet… both LilZ’s offer and your letter. He is such an awesome kid. And you are an awesome mom for raising him that way.
So nice to hear I’m not the only one getting teary-eyed reading this! Can LilZ come live with me for a while??
Well now I’m crying.
So, please tell us all how you ended up with such a fabulous kid? How do I get Zoe to turn out like him?
Clearly you’re an awesome mom to have raised such an empathetic son. And especially a son! Raise him well so his wife won’t hate you 🙂
LilZ RULES! 😀 Rock on, MommaZ. 😉
Now there is a child who was raised WELL.
Congratulations and rock on, LilZ!
You are blessed with amazing children!
God, you write so beautifully and you also make me cry damnit!
LilZ makes me look forward to my 6 year old growing up. He turned 6 today, and I cried a little knowing how fast he is becoming a little man. Now, I realize that I have so much to look forward to.
That was really nice of LilZ! Sounds like you have raised a great son!
You ROCK! Wanna come live at my house for a while?! Seriously, you’re awesome Dude!
And all due credit to parents who create the environment that fosters such behavior. (In other words, good job Zoot and MrZ!)
That is awesome. What a great kid. I can only hope my son will be so caring when he is older.
You have a nice family. You guys are always so good about looking out for each other — it’s very inspiring. I think we can all learn a little something here. Now, I’m going to go bake chocolate chip cookies for my kids.
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LilZ is awesome!
That brought tears to my eyes. You do have an awesome family, and I have hope that my son will be just as caring and helpful.
What a great kid you’ve raised there Zoot! I know you are so proud of him, but be proud of yourself too for instilling those values and helping him develop into such a caring, insightful, compassionate young man!
That totally made me cry. I’m having the same kind of day, and I’d like to think that maybe one day, Al will be just as intuitive and kind as LilZ. LilZ rocks.
LilZ you totally rock!
And Zoot, you are one lucky Mama!!!
He’s awesome. What a sweet guy.
Aww that was very sweet! It kind of made me teary too!
that was so sweet.. it is so great to have good listeners in your life 🙂
You set a high bar ……well you both do.
Aw that totally made me tear up. LilZ totally rules. Good job on that one, eh? 😀
Totally all teary over here now. *sniff*
I hope my sons are half the son that LilZ turned out to be. How totally awesome!
Awww so sweet!!. All 4 of my kids have their own special charms but Ashley, my oldest, she’s the one who does this sort of thing for me. I too feel incredibly blessed to have raised a kids that is that awesome. And my second oldest, Dani, is starting to really get the message of caring about other’s too. She’s started doing that little extra now and then that really helps a person out.
WTG LilZ… you’re a good kid. But your already know that, heheh
He is going to be such a great husband/dad someday. You have wonderful kids!
This brought tears to my eyes. He is awesome.