Mario kills me. I know one day he will stop doing what he has been doing for the last few months but I hope it is far into the future because it makes my morning.
Most mornings I take Maria to school and Jon takes Mario. Maria and I get out the door first since she needs to be at school at 8:10. Nearly every morning, Mario yells “Mom” before I close the door. I peek inside and he is holding his arms wide with his little boxers on and his baby skin glistening. I run to where he is planted, and he gives me the hugest bear hug he can muster. Then he plants a perfect peck of a kiss on my cheek. He tops it off with a “Have a good day, mom. I love you.”
Really? Does it get any better than that to start your day? I know, I know, I can hear my friends with teenage boys now: “enjoy it while you can because pretty soon he will be sweaty and gross and not want you to talk to him.” Probably true so I am making sure to plant these morning moments in my head so I can look back years from now and still revel in them.