But my mommy said, “No cats.”

Gorilla Girl and Monkey Man don’t have school tomorrow, so when I visited their classroom today for lunch, I was treated to a surprise — my first, probably of many, homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

I greet Mother’s day with a mixture of sadness and joy, but the simplicity of their gifts, and the humor in them made my day.

Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl each painted a small recycled bottle to transform it into a bud vase.  They decorated the gift bags with their art.  And they spoke a message to their teachers, which was transcribed onto the bag.  Gorilla Girl’s message read: I like to get a pet, but my Mommy said, “No cats.” I like to read princess books with my Mom.  I like to give her lots of hugs and kisses.  I like to watch movies with her.  I like to get pumpkins and make apple pie with her. Mommy makes special things, like chocolate ice cream and it is very funny. And we like to paint and color with my Mommy.

I don’t know that I have ever made an apple pie with Gorilla Girl, but maybe it is something we can look forward to.  I have made chocolate ice cream, however, and I do say, “No cats.” She was right on most accounts.

Monkey Man, always simple and to the point, said: I play with my train.  I have a Harry Potter movie. I play with her computer. I love you.

I love you, too, Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl.

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3 Responses to But my mommy said, “No cats.”

  1. I love this! What beautiful gifts! We were away this week, so Doug wasn’t at school, and I’m disappointed that I will have missed out on whatever the children made for Mother’s Day. By the way, Happy Mother’s Day to you!!

  2. Thanks, Jennifer. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

    Hope to see you soon!

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