Can you remember the last time you had an epic weekend? I’m talking, you-laughed-you-cried-you-barely-took-any-pictures-but-you-did-get-tattoos-and-you-never-wanted-the-weekend-to-end epic?? That was my weekend, plus so much more.
Family time is always cherished in my family – I soak up every minute when we’re all together. But, there’s something so special about having time with just my mom, or just my dad, or just my brother. This past weekend it was just me and my mom and there were so many snapshot of the soul kind of moments, I jotted many of them down in a journal so that I’d never forget. The funny thing is that a lot of what we did may not seem that “epic” if I were to tell you… although some of them most definitely would: yes, my mom – the woman who said she’d never get a tattoo – got her first ever tattoo (we got matching ones- something we have been planning for some time) and was the most adorable woman you’ve ever seen in a tattoo shop. We walked out of there practically skipping and with each person we passed on our way back to the car, my mom whispered to me, “I just want to tell everyone that I have a tattoo now! I feel so cool!” She texted my dad a picture of it and told him we were headed home to drink some beer, so naturally he responded with: Omg. What have you done with my wife? – which made us laugh hysterically because it was such an honest reaction, but also because my dad texted the word ‘omg’ and suddenly I wondered when in the world my parents got so “down with the times.” And all of that was most definitely epic.
We got manicures the next day and my mom’s manicurist was one of the most southern women I’ve met since moving to Nashville, calling my mom “Baby” and “Baby girl” – and each time she did I smiled and thought, yes – she is totally getting the southern experience right now, this could not be more perfect. Then, we came home and colored in coloring books while we told each other our novel ideas – stories and details we’ve never ever shared with anyone before in our lives. We spent hours doing this and all of that was most definitely epic.
But we also did little things like take walks with Oooj, make each other laugh until we cried, roam the aisles of Target, put on pjs and eat egg & peanut butter sandwiches for dinner while watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory. We talked for hours about dreams we had when we were younger, dreams for our future days, and made fun of really bad pharmaceutical commercials. We stayed offline, were in bed by 9:30p each night and slept in each day. (Oh yeah – my Own It goal of waking up early was paused for such an epic weekend and I feel zero guilt about that so perhaps that means I’m still “owning it” in a way?) We did so many other little things that probably wouldn’t sound very epic to anyone else, but in my heart – they are some of my most precious memories with my mom… and they are most definitely still epic in my book.
Sometimes you don’t have the photo album of the hundreds of pictures you took of all the amazing things you did. Sometimes you don’t even tell about how great your time was because parts of it feel like they should be protected – that they should remain memories only between the people who shared them. Sometimes you do have something to show for it all – like a tattoo – but sometimes you choose to save that reveal for another day 😉 Sometimes, like today, it’s about waking up with an unbelievably grateful heart for a best gal and an epic weekend such as this. Sometimes, it’s as simple – and as epic – as that.
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