Today, Jonah brought home some Mother’s Day presents he’d made for me at school (3 different cards/posters) and a pink, stapled package. Inside the package was a pretty orange geranium (?) in a little ceramic pot- it made me grin. Thank you, Wildwood.
Then when I got home to my apartment, M told me a box had come for me from 1-800-flowers. I could tell it wasn’t from him because he was just as curious as I was. A Mother’s Day gift, I thought with a smile. Likely from my mom, or my dad – or even Andy, even though he’d already told me that Jonah’s gifts from school were all I was getting for Mother’s Day.
I opened the pretty multi-colored bouquet and arranged the flowers in the vase they came in, and then I found the note:
Thank you for all that you do for me. Thank you for train rides, moneycoin, waterfalls, trips to Grandma’s, peanutbutterrolls and too many other great things you do for me (and with me) to mention! You are the best momma any kid could ask for and I love you soooo much! All done.
- Love, Jonah Boo
After I stopped crying my happy tears, I tried to figure out who could have sent it. Who knows my address now? Who has the sense of humor to put “all done” at the end of the card? Who did this wonderful thing for me? Andy says it wasn’t him. M denies it, as does D, who watches him most. And neither my mom nor my dad would write that. My friends? K or H? P or Mx? Maybe. Martie? Someone from 4 Winds? from Wildwood? Someone from work? Someone I used to work with? A random reader? Hmmmmmm.
I kind of want to know who did this and I kind of want to believe in the mystery of it – to allow it to be from Jonah – to give it his voice, to have it be like Santa Claus is when you’re a child…or something from an elf, a faerie. Or from one of my very best friends who’ve died – Gina, or Jennifer-Sanx. Something impossible, yet true. It’s all so right up my alley.
In one of my favorite children’s books, poor protagonist Sara Crewe receives gifts and has no idea where they came from. Every day new gifts appear to help her make it through desperate, lonely days. She doesn’t wish to force the identity of the giver if that person wishes to keep him/herself a secret, but she yearns to thank her benefactor. So she gets the idea one day to write the person a letter and leave it for the next time s/he came. The letter says, in part,
“I want to thank you for being so kind to me – so heavenly kind – and making everything like a fairy story. I am so grateful to you, and I am so happy…”
Like Sara Crewe, I say thank you. Somehow I suspect you’re reading this, whoever you are, and I want you to know you have made my day. Thank you!!!
…and you’re welcome, Jonah. You’re my precious little son and I’ll always love you, no matter what.