Being a stay at home mom has it’s moments. Fantastic and wonderful moments, and some that you could just wish you could forget as soon as they happen. I’m lucky enough to be able to watch each and every moment come through – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and I do my very best to support each child that has any or all of these moments as best I can.
But today was the first time I really had a hard time dealing with one of my child’s moments.
In what was destined to be just a routine day, I picked Avery up from school. The car was packed with the pickup crew – Whitney, Casey and even Marlee – and we were all so excited to welcome the little man back into our day.
Until the following happened, that is…
Mommy: Hey bud, how was your day today?
Avery: Great! (one word answers are the norm)
Mommy: Awesome! Did you do anything fun today?
Avery: Yes! I played on the playground and we read a story about a dinosaur and I played with Naomi*!!! (*names have been changed so the mommy can cope)
Mommy: Oh, that sounds wonderful! How is Naomi today?
Avery: Great! We had a lot of fun…and…and…and… (insert really strange and uncomfortable giggle and huge smile!!)…and I love her!!
Mommy:………………????!!!! (sound of mommy fainting directly onto the steering wheel – and honking noise ensues)
Yeah, that’s how today was. I mean, yay for love but seriously, at six years old do we really have a looooooooooove connection??!!?
Every moment from that point on and included anything to do with school, or a conversation about school, also included “Naomi” – as in, “I love her” and that strange and uncomfortable giggle that radiated out of his little body!! I embraced him and his newly found feelings with as much love as a supportive mommy could give, and also as much hidden jealously that a mommy could possibly hide because, dang it – my little boy loves someone other than me!!?? How could this be??
Seriously, how does a mom of a sons deal with such things? I mean, if I can’t deal now, how can I possibly deal with prom dates and the likes without trying to karate chop his immaculately dressed date directly in the neck piece before their departure to the dance? It’s torture at the very least and how come no one talks about this??
I need to lie down.
And have a popsicle.
One of these orange creamsicles will work – creamy coconut milk mixed with freshly squeezed orange juice and with just a hint of sweet honey. This popsicle will be the perfect way to eat my feelings while researching a new school for Avery to attend next year.
Preferably a school with no Naomi’s in it…
makes 10 popsicles
***you will need a popsicle mold to make these delicious popsicles – check out this link to grab my favorite one!***
2 cups orange juice
2 cups almond, coconut, or other plant based milk
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons honey (optional and only needed if your oranges aren’t too sweet)
Place the orange juice, plant milk, orange zest and honey into a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into evenly into the popsicle mold. Place the lid onto the mold, add a popsicle stick to each popsicle and place into the freezer. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or preferable overnight. When you are ready to enjoy a popsicle, run the mold under warm water until the popsicle releases from the mold.