Extra Better

posted by Zakary on April 22, 2013 | 22 comments (leave one of your own)

I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about how difficult it would be if the kids grew up and were bad people (hear me out). Like dickheads that just had a blatant disregard for people’s feelings or god forbid hurt people, emotionally or physically, on purpose. I would feel like such a failure on so many levels. Not to mention devastated.

That’s the scary thing about this raising children stuff: there are no guarantees.

I was putting him to bed on Friday and when I finished his story, he gave me a kiss goodnight. As I was tucking him in, I gave him a reciprocal kiss on the forehead and he quickly reached up and feverishly wiped it off.

I said, “Hey man, don’t wipe my kisses off. What if that hurt my feelings?”

He said earnestly, “Oh Momma, I wasn’t wiping your kisses off, I was just rubbing them in. It makes me feel extra better.”

And I immediately felt extra better too.

Mom + T

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  • Robin Jingjit


    I think about that, too. Every jerk and mean guy has a mom.

  • Brookes4boys


    That brings back some great memories! My (now 13 y/o) used to say he was rubbing kisses in, too <3

    I know what you mean about being the mom of a "bad" person. I was thinking about that on Friday, as they were searching for the second bomber. The first had already been killed and they didn't know about the second and all I could think was "Their poor mother!" To know that one, and possibly both, of her sons were dead and had done this horrible thing. Heartbreaking

  • Elaine A.


    I cannot even imagine. I just cannot.

    But I can picture that sweet moment between you two and guess that you do not need to think “what if?”

    :)
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  • Tracy


    I love that story and I have some serious hair envy going on right now from looking at you in that picture! Whatever all that natural sh** is that you’re putting in it — it’s working!

  • Natalia


    That’s the cutest thing I ever read. Even if BY CHANCE he made it up, what a charming little gentleman.

  • Melissa


    Very Sweet. Did it make you cry?

  • Lorah


    I think that has to be one of the sweetest things ever :) He is being raised right for sure :)

  • Michelle


    I totally have that fear too. There are moments every single day when I feel like I’m winning and losing both.
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  • katy


    One got a giant-logo Lacoste shirt for his birthday–seems the first step on the way to thug.
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  • Virginia


    Rubbing them in…so sweet.

  • tara


    Oh man that is adorable!

    I don’t have kids, but that thought is one that keeps me up at night-what if I have kids and one of them turns into a horrible horrible person?
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  • Ami


    Troy is my absolute favorite internet kid I’ve never met. (You should totally make him a t-shirt that proudly states that fact with your mad craft-skills.)
    And I’m reasonably confident that you don’t have to worry how your children are going to turn out. Reasonably confident.
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  • LY


    You and your hair and your baby(ies) are just the most adorable.

  • Michelle


    That has got to be the sweetest thing I’ve read in a long while! Both your kids are adorable and I don’t think you have too much to worry about. :)

  • Kelly @ Turned up to ELEVEN!


    With all that is wrong in this world, reading this makes it all better. Gives me lots of faith.
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  • Becky


    love this!
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  • thedoseofreality


    This totally made me cry. Because of the honesty and the fear that comes with parenting and because of the moments like you had where all is right with the world. Beautiful.
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  • Xae


    Hahah…best response ever. I always knew he’s smart :D
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  • Jules


    I love this.

    I don’t love that there are no guarantees. There are likelihoods, but no guarantees.
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  • Jeannette


    That might be the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard a little boy say!
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  • Kate Coveny Hood


    I love this story. I goes straight to the heart of everything beautiful and true about being a mother.

  • Melanie


    You have one seriously charming little man! When I get around to having kids, I hope I an manage to raise a kid even half as kind as he seems to be.

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