Eileen received a very nice card, signed by all of us and a coil ceramic jar purchased at the high school art show Friday night. It is a lovely pale yellow with accents of green and purple. Everyone is chattering away and wishing Eileen a Happy Mother’s Day over breakfast. A very good start to the day as we head off to church.
Peter has been in an exceptionally joyous mood since he woke up. He is laughing and smiling and very vocal. We sit in our usual spot in church with Peter sitting between me and Eileen. Peter is most definitely enjoying the moment. As the service begins he is dancing and singing with the music. As Jonathan is delivering the message, Peter is affectionately taking my hand and rubbing his head in that certain place and way that he enjoys. Eventually, he leans in and begins to do something he’s never done before. He positions the top of his head against the side of my face and begins to rub his head against my jaw line much like a cat rubs its head against an object. He continues to do this throughout the message, all the while “purring”, sighing and smiling as he enjoys the sensation he gets from this “stimulation”. Even Kris commented on his unusual display of affection
Later that day, Kris and I go fishing in the Lehigh River in Bethlehem. Eileen silently thanks me for a few hours of quiet and relaxation on Mother’s Day. We enjoy the sunshine and the refreshing waters of the river as we rhythmically cast and retrieve our lines. A few hours later, Eileen and Pete surprise us at the fishing hole and Kris proudly displays his first bass of the season.
As the day draws to a close, Kris presents Eileen with a plush toy bunny rabbit that he won several weeks ago in a toy machine outside a big box store. “I got this for you for Mother’s Day,” he says. I was astounded at this breakthrough. This is a big deal! He and Eileen have struggled somewhat in breaking down his old walls and prejudices against mother figures. This day, the walls came down and he showed some genuine affection for her.
As nighttime approached, Eileen and Kris were sitting on the couch – she was watching some TV and he was playing a computer game. Interspersed with that was some conversations about a variety of things. I was upstairs and as I came down the stairs, hearing the conversations … it hit me. A feeling of love and peace washed over me and I realized that we are a family. It’s hard to describe but I just knew that God revealed the blessing of family to me in that moment. It was probably there all along but the busy-ness of the past nine months or so likely clouded my vision. Nevertheless, we are one.
Now, Kris says he’d a like a sister!