Monday, May 7, 2012

Charm Bracelets

Being a step mom is a whole 'nuther animal. Especially to older kids. Especially to girls when you're a mother of boys.

As a step mom, I have to jump on the {special} opportunities the moment they arise. You never know when they will, so you have to be watching for them. Like when your stepdaughter elects to ride with you instead of Daddy. By her choice. The girl who can give you the look that says, "you're in my spot," when you're sitting next to her dad on the couch and you know without a doubt you must give her that spot. The girl who will always pick Daddy over you, as she really ought to.

But she picked me, or at least my car. Maybe it's the portable DVD players I have in the back seat, but I'd like to think it's me. I half jokingly said, as we left my brother's house to head home, "So, where should we go? Anywhere you want to," expecting her to say she just wanted to go home. "Let's go to the mall," she said, "and just walk around. We haven't done that in a while!"

This is a moment you don't turn down. Any and all afternoon plans that may have been waiting immediately went on the back burner. I rolled down the window and said to Marc, "Corrinne wants to go to the mall." "Oh, okay, let's go," he said. "No, [insert my look here] WE'RE going to the mall," I told him. He got the hint, so he and Carter decided to go to Barnes and Noble and Vintage Stock instead.

I tried to act nonchalant about it, but I was beaming inside. I didn't care where or what we did, or how much it cost when we got there. She wanted to hang out with me, and I was all ears, open-handed, full hearted and willing!

First, we went to Macy's. I asked where we should go first: perfume, lipstick, purses, hats...she quickly chose hats. I told her I used to love trying on hats with my mom when I was a little girl. She said she loves trying on hats with her mom. I made sure to take note, to savor this moment, to be aware that I was sharing something special with her.

I'm telling you. I wasn't prepared for a mall outing, or pictures. But we had to have documentation.

For the life of me I can't tell you why I chose the duckface. It just happened.

This one was a winner for sure!

We talked, laughed, tried on hats, high-heels, wacky clothes, smelled every candle in Yankee Candle Co. and checked out new stuff at Build-A-Bear.  I didn't even care that I was wearing a sundress that makes my arms look fat and was completely void of makeup. It just didn't matter.

Then...wait for it...we got matching charm bracelets. No joke. She suggested we get matching charm bracelets. I'm telling you, those bracelets could've cost a hundred dollars a piece and I would not have cared one ounce! We picked the rainbow hearts and slug bugs, and she keeps reminding me that we can get more charms to add to it. 

Mother's Day came early for me this year, friends, and I'm infinitely thankful. I sure love that girl.

Love and Honey,


MS said...

OH MO I AM SO DEEPLY HAPPY!!!!! Frame these pics somewhere. Seriously. Every time you feel lousy look at this moment and remember it wasn't manufactured or forced. It was beautifully natural. A gift that will keep on giving. :D SO. HAPPY. LOVE YOU!

Missy Rose said...

thank you sweet friend!

momof4kr said...


Missy Rose said...

thank you, momof4kr! i agree!


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