My Most Memorable Mothers' Day
When my children were small my Aunt Bonnie had a family reunion on Mother’s Day. My Aunt Connie was visiting from Florida. As I was getting my children, Sean age 3 and Travis 3 months ready to go my husband announced he wasn’t going as his foot hurt. I was upset because he didn’t like visiting relatives and I didn’t believe his foot story. As I would learn later he had a sore foot due to gout. Anyway, the boys and I went to my aunt’s house. We were all having a good time and I was giving Travis a bottle. He had a habit of throwing up most bottles and he didn’t disappoint. Both he and I were a mess. I always brought several outfits with me and so he looked great after a change. I on the other hand looked kind of messy. In the meantime, everyone was eating. Now I could eat except before I got to the buffet Sean came in full of “mud” from head to toe. My cousin was laughing too hard for it to be simple “mud”. He then explained it was actually overflow from the cesspool. So now Sean went in the tub and all his clothes and shoes went in the washer with bleach. I had packed extra clothes for Sean. It was a new outfit – a camouflage shirt and pants just like his soldier father wore. But it was a little too big, so a hunk of clothes line was just the thing to hold up the pants. Now shoes though as I didn’t anticipate quite this big of a disaster. Once again, I wiped myself off as best as possible and went in search of food. Most of the relatives were just about done eating. I was balancing Travis on my lap when I looked down and lo and behold he had diarrhea that came out of the diaper all over him and me. Of course, I had another spare outfit for him and he was soon cleaned and dressed. But I was beyond cleaning up. My Aunt Bonnie insisted I put on one of her outfits. Now was a good eight inches shorter than me so I now sported pants that looked like pedal pushers or capris. When I finally was able to get a plate of food it was being put away. I asked my mom to hold the baby. To which her friend said "Who had that baby - you or your mother." He thought that was a funny comment. I tried to remember that he had never had any children of his own. In the end it was a memorable day with some challenges but one not to be forgotten.
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