On Friday my children asked me when they could go to a dollar store to get me Mother's Day gifts. With complete sincerity, I told them I didn't want them to buy me any gifts. I told them, "All I want for Mother's Day is to feel like I'm doing some good… that what I'm teaching is actually sinking in."
As a result of my request, on Friday night, the older boys had a special meeting to which I was not invited.
The next morning, I awoke at 7:30am to the sound of children bursting through the back door and breathing heavy. "What in the world???" I thought, "They never leave the house without asking me?!?!" I could hear that they were up to something, so I stayed quiet in my bed and listened carefully. I heard clanking in the kitchen. I waited a little longer… Soon, all three boys came into my bedroom like this with proud, loving expressions.