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Monday, September 30, 2013

I Got The Moon


I treasure this photo of my four babes, it's so hard to believe they are all teenager's now!

All have grown, and three have matured - only my Sweet Sam is still as innocent as on the day this was first shot.  Yet he has grown, and so have I.  

We are both in a much better place than in way back then. 

Last night, having tucked my brood up, I locked the house up tight and propped up by a multitude of pillows, settled into bed with my trusty book.


All stayed quiet for the best part of an hour.


Until.

A clang and a commotion came rattling from the garage.

Did I mention our house is in a pretty isolated spot?  My husband works from the UK mainland every other week?  My dog never barks, and loves strangers (possibly burglars)?


And yup, this week I'm the only growdie-up at home?


Shit.

Seeing no need to rush to my doom, I don my fluffy slippers and robe, go for a quick pee (wouldn't do to wet myself in the face of being slaughtered), and tip-toe down to the kitchen for the carving knife. 


The garage has a door leading directly into the house, one I lock up every night.  Whoever had been in there had obviously found their way through it, as I could hear them clattering about inside the hallway now.


Okay, enough is enough - time to stop the buggers where they stand, it's time for my (silent, hesitant) chaaaaaaaaaarge!


"Oh, hello Mum."


"Sam??"


"Can you help me get the ladder out?"


"What the- what are you doing??"


He's struggling to lug the step-ladder round the passage and out again through the back door.


"I want to climb up to the moon."


"What?"


"I want to go up and hug the moon."

I can't help but to laugh.

"Sweetie, I think we'll need a longer ladder for that."


"No we don't.  Come see."


His face is lit up almost as bright as the cloudless night.  Excitedly, he pulls me outside, and as I stand there gazing up through his eyes, I almost grasp what he sees.  Sure enough, it's certainly got to be well worth a try. 

Besides, aren't we here now?


So we prop the ladder against the house, me standing sentry behind, as he climbs up, one wobbly step at a time.  I can hear him giggle as he reaches the top - his arms reach up and spread (my heart in my mouth) - as he turns, pure joy in his eye.

"Look, I got the moon!"


And laughing, suddenly I'm blinded by tears.

139 comments:

Leslie: said...

I can see why you treasure this photo - and as for Sam, why he's brilliant to figure out a way to reach the moon!

Rock Chef said...

That is so sweet!

Welling up, I can feel it. Thanks for sharing that.

Lori said...

Okay now I'm wiping away tears from this beautiful story...I love your stories about your children...love that picture of them in their early years...but specially love your Sam stories...I'm so happy you played along..oh the joy in my heart as I read "Look, I got the moon." Thank you for the reminder to enjoy all the simple moments in my day. So thankful I had this moment to stop by and say hello. XX

PS So thankful it was Sam and not a burgler!

Skunkfeathers said...

Last time I tried to grab the moon, (a) it wasn't celestial and (b) I got slapped.

I like your story better ;-)

Kate said...

Sam is a lucky lad. He has the heart and imagination to climb to the moon..and the loving Mum to help him. Keep reaching up, Sam! Loved this story, Shrink.

mythopolis said...

OH Dear! First, let me say. I am a guy. I am rough and tumble. But, the photo melted me right off the bat. Then the story elicited a few chuckles, and then reduced me to gritting my teeth as my eyes filled. Quite wonderful. And now, I must pause to blow my nose, and regain my composure. What a sweet guy Sam is. He gave you a moment to treasure.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

made me weep

Bathwater said...

Kids are so innocent.

Marty said...

That is an awesome story... sometimes great things happen by surprise.

Ms. A said...

Much nicer ending than the one I was imagining, even with the tears. Sure beats confronting a thief or rabid, wild varmint.

chewy said...

This story touched me so sweetly.
You forgot the part about falling asleep and forgetting to chat with me. (shove)

Saz said...

this is a pure gem of a post...my eyes are wet too...

sigh!

luv saz x

Portia said...

awesome post!

Debra said...

Enjoy having them all in the same nest. Only one of mine is home full-time now and I slept much better when they all were...

What a sweet ending to your story. My heart swelled when your boy caught the moon.

Hugs,
Debbie

Choco said...

Bumped in here from Grayquill's. This small slice from your life.. the innocence.. was so touching. It is 6:00am here (I am in kolkata India). And this was a lovely way to start my day. Thanks! :)

Jeaux said...

...and heaven too.

secret agent woman said...

Oh, that is so very sweet.

365 Attempts (At Life) said...

Even though you mentioned this in a comment on my blog (that got deleted in the Google crash btw) this made me cry. And smile. Sometimes it's a good thing that people don't lose their innocence because in a way, they give it back to us with a bright red bow. Hugs to you from Montreal. You're a great mom, I can tell.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Believe him. In his heart he does.

The Blue Zoo said...

Clearly I am having an emotional day cause this made me all teary. I kinda want to go get my ladder out now. =)

Kristina Hughes said...

Gorgeous Sam! I LOVE that he hugged the moon and that you helped him! This has, of course, got me weeping like a maggot but in a happy way. From my experience (see those bags under my eyes!), kids with autism are the most pure and honest people you could ever meet. There's no nicky nicky nah nah or fingers up to the world. They may have the strongest own agendas imaginable and keep us on our toes, but they make us see the world in ways that no one else would have imagined! xxxxxxx

mrsnesbitt said...

How lovely - poignant too Dxx

Shrinky said...

Ms. A, that is so true!

chewy said...

and... I love this photo because the kids are painting!

Shrinky said...

Oh Chewy (blush), I can't believe I stood you up on SKYPE! My bad, I'm an old woman, this different time zone lark plays havoc on my beauty sleep.. what can I say?

Well, "sorry", naturally.. (giggle)

Shrinky said...

Hi Saz, ha, it was a sweet moment (smile).

Shrinky said...

Cheers Portia, thanks for that.

Shrinky said...

Hi Debbie, I hear ya', tho' it's hard to imagine my nest ever being empty!

Shrinky said...

Hey Choco, how lovely to see you, thank you for stopping by - I am so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Shrinky said...

Jeaux, yes, I believe you may well be right..

Shrinky said...

Thanks Secret Agent, I thought it was too (grin).

Shrinky said...

365, what a positively lovely comment to leave, thanks for making my day! (x)

Shrinky said...

Hey there Dan, long time no see, my friend.. so great to hear from you again. Yes, Sam's heart contains many things, mostly all of them good.

Shrinky said...

Stephanie, (shouting through a loudspeaker)you come on down off that roof, RIGHT NOW!!

Shrinky said...

Hey there Kristina, oh I am so glad to see you in here (hugs).. yeah, for all the drama and worry they can unintentionally put us through, sweet moments like these are priceless, aren't they? Our kids are as innocent and pure as the day is long!

Shrinky said...

Hi Denise, I went to sleep with a smile still on my lips!

Shrinky said...

Yeah Chewy, not only that, but Sam joined in too (grin)!

Brian Miller said...

awww...that is adorable...big smiles. they do grow up fast....

Shrinky said...

True Brian, Sam towers above me now!

Barbara Shallue said...

My heart swelled reading this, too, picturing him hugging the moon. What a sweet mom you are helping him to do it - I could feel the joy through your words! Thank you!

Ami said...

I love love loved this. And saved it 'unread' so I could come back and leave a comment... only to find the post had disappeared.

What a beautiful heart your son has.
And he made me smile.

Shrinky said...

Barbara, there are times my Sweet Sam drives me utterly demented, and then there are these times, when I realise how blessed I am to have been given him!

Shrinky said...

Hi Ami, oh gosh yes, blogger swallowed us all up whole there, for a bit - didn't it? Whew, talk about stressed? I almost had a heart attack! Thank goodness (almost) normal service has been resumed - albeit missing huge chunks of comments..

Yes, one thing I do know - Sweet Sam has a heart almost as big as that moon he so desires (grin).

Bluebell Books said...

you are right,

kids are forever babies to their mother.
bless your grown kids, they look fabulous in the photo shots.

how are you?

check out short story slam and make a submission today.

TechnoBabe said...

One of the remember forever moments. Lovely story. Sam is wonderful. and you too.

Shrinky said...

Hello Bluebell, thanks for stopping by, welcome aboard! I must pop over to your site to check that out, it sounds intriguing..

Shrinky said...

Oh Technobabe, it truly was exactly that - grin. ((x))

Scott from Oregon said...

I'm blinded by tears too....

Grayquill said...

That is sweeter than sweet. You are the best mom ever! I like you and Sam at this moment more than my feeble words can express. You are the kind of mom that raises amazing wonderful human beings. I am so impressed. Good job.

Grayquill said...

BTW - what's a Growdie? - that was a good one.

Shrinky said...

Ah Scott, I always knew you were a big softie (grin)!

Shrinky said...

Sheesh GQ, knock it off, my face is burning (eeeek)!! Guess you had to be there, it would've taken a heart of stone to turn him down. "Growdie-up"? Shrinky-speak for grownup/adult (wink) x

G-Man said...

Awwww...
Shrinky, that was so cool.
Thanks for stopping by...Galen

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a wonderful ending. Sam is a very special guy. Glad you got to share the moment with him.
xoxo jj

Anna said...

Shrinky, not the ending I expected, I have to say the best moment in your life shared here - I think I am going to cry now. Same is sweet. Thanks for sharing. Love the first photo, it is worth enlarging and framing (what do you think?). Anna :)

Shrinky said...

Hey Galen, cool? Yeah, you bet! (Grin)

Shrinky said...

Hi JJ, yeah, I think I'll keep him (wink)..

Shrinky said...

Hello Anna, actually I have framed this photo (smile), it takes pride of place in my sitting room (much to my children's discomfort)..!

SJ said...

Come on now you almost made a grown man cry here.

Nancy said...

That brought tears to my eyes! Cherish that memory - lock it away in your heart and save it for a rainy day.

Suldog said...

That's magnificent. It put some moisture in my eyes, as well. God bless you both!

Cocotte said...

That is just precious. I miss my little boy. He's 16 now. Makes me sad. Glad your guy is still a lil sweetie!

laughingwolf said...

precious!

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited to all we know, and understand.
Imagination embraces the entire world...
and all there ever will be...
to know, and understand.

~Albert Einstein

David said...

You know how we have no favourites, yet we all have a special place in our hearts for Sam - you DO know that, Shrinky.

Well here's the deal. Sam was just putting into action the one thing we all want to do.

Bless him.

As always.

Shrinky said...

Snap out of it SJ, stiff upper lip, man (giggle)!!

Shrinky said...

Nancy, it's a moment to keep, yes (smile).

Shrinky said...

Suldog, Sam sure does have his moments, that's for sure..

Shrinky said...

Cocotte, it's always a mixed blessing when they move into adolecence, isn't it? (Smile)

Shrinky said...

Laughingwolf, what a beautiful quotation, thank you for that, it is so true!

Shrinky said...

Hey there David, so great to see you back in here! You are so right on that, the difference between Sam and most of us, is he never worries about how others might see him - he just goes on out there and follows his heart!

Les Becker said...

I'm not surprised in the least - if anyone can catch the moon, it would have to be Sam. Could you ask him to send me a wee small piece to hang on my keychain?

Out on the prairie said...

A lovely thought to at least try to hold onto that full moon.Thanks for stopping by.
Steve

TALON said...

So beautiful. That's what I love about children - they see the world through magic eyes.

Margie said...

Hi Shrinky
How nice to be here and reading this oh so very touching post!
Loved it!
And such a gorgeous picture of your children!
How quickly they grow up!

Thank you so much for your visit and kind words and also for following me.
I'm happy to be following you as well.

Wishing you a lovely day!

Margie :)

lisleman said...

I sharing this one on FB. We all could use some of that wonder of the world around us. I imagine that Sam gives many subtle gifts to those around him all the time. Thanks for sharing this one.

Shrinky said...

LES!! Hey everybody, she's baaaaaack (big cheesy grin).. where have you been hiding yourself, girl? Seeing as how it's you, I'll ask Sam nicely if we can Fed-Ex a sliver over to you, how's that?

Shrinky said...

ha, Steve, it wasn't even a FULL moon, just bright and clear. This lad of mine sure has a way of seeing things most of us wouldn't ever notice (shrug).

Shrinky said...

Hi Talon, Sam will be 18 in a matter of weeks, perhaps no longer a "child" in the eyes of the world, but he will always have an innocent heart (smile).

Shrinky said...

Hello Margie, welcome aboard, so nice of you to pop over here - and thank you for the lovely words. I look forward to visiting with you more often!

Shrinky said...

Oh Lisleman, I don't do FB, but I'm delighted at the thought of you putting this up there, what a generous gesture - that's truly made my day - thank you!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This is such a sweet story...! Lovely, in every way, except when you thought it might be a burgler...(lol). Sam is just about as dear as they come, isn't he? Thanks for yur visit and and very sweet comment.

Shrinky said...

Oh, he certainly near gave me a heart-attack that night, clanging about as he did. He NEVER wanders about in the dead of night, not usually (grin). Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad to have tripped over you!

Pearl said...

Oh, that was so sweet!

You're a lovely mother, aren't you?

Pearl

Shrinky said...

Oh Pearl, there are many times I feel my shortcomings, I so often fall short of what he deserves, but when times like this come around, it puts everything into perspective!

Shammickite said...

Tell Sam to hold onto the moon for as long as he can!
Maybe he'll tell us if it's really made of green cheese.....

Hilary said...

Well Shrinky dear.. you and I have exchanged warm words in email recently and I told you then how I loved this post but I see that I was remiss in saying so here on your blog. It's a beautiful, inspiring, tender post. More touching than I can express. I thank you for sharing your beautiful, Sweet Sam's adventure.

lisleman said...

Your post today inspired me - gave you a shout-out thanks

WhisperingWriter said...

What a sweet post. I loved it.

And I love that photo.

Shrinky said...

Hi Shammickite, how nice to see you in here (grin), well, his grin certainly looked cheesy enough..!

Shrinky said...

Oh Hilary,that has really touched me, what a lovely thing to say - thank you, my friend, that really means a lot (see my happy face?)!

Shrinky said...

Hello WW, aww, I am glad you liked the photo, as I say, it's very special to me!

Shrinky said...

Lisleman, oh my goodness, what a deliciously wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning - oooooooh, I am proper tickled, so I am! Thank you so much bonny lad, you've made my day!

slommler said...

Oh I am so glad he grabbed the moon and you grabbed a lifetime of memories!! Wonderful story!
Congrats on your POTW
Hugs
SueAnn

Shrinky said...

Hey SueAnn, so great to see you in here, and thank you for the congrats, I am bowled over to be awarded such an honour!

Jene said...

What a lovely post. I'm visiting on Lisleman's recommendation, and I'm so glad I clicked over.

Have you read "Papa, Get the Moon for Me?" by Eric Carle? It's one of my (much younger) son's favorites, and you'll probably enjoy it, too, after your little adventure.

Shrinky said...

Hi Jene, oh that Lisleman is such a sweetie, isn't he? No, I have never heard of that book, thanks for letting me know about it, I am going to make a point of finding it now (grin)!

Hilary said...

One more thing that I'd like to mention. Each time I've been back to this post (which is often, because it was the post you thought you had lost when Blogger had its hissy fit) I'm struck by the photo. It's a nice one for sure but what strikes me is that it's not the one that I keep imagining accompanies the post.

In my mind's eye, there's a very clear image of Sweet Sam, up on a ladder, hugging the moon. That's how vividly you described this Sweet Story. And that's also magic.

Bossy Betty said...

So sweet! Congrats on your POTW too!

Daryl said...

Sweet .. and reminds me of the children's story which right now my brain refuses to attach a title to... congrats on POTW

Sandy said...

wow, wow...love the photo, your telling of this event, your son sam (i have a Sam too, one of four sons i've raised who are all adults now)...just a wonderful post...thanks for your visit.

love the name of your blog.

Dianne said...

you are a wonderful Mom
hell, a wonderful human to be able to see how important it was and to participate so openly
your children are so lucky

congrats on POTW

Country Girl said...

I loved this. What a beautiful post. Congrats on your POTW ~

Lilly said...

Oh my that is adorable. A moon catcher, love it! And what a great Mum you are. Thanks for visiting my blog by the way. I will be back.

foam said...

such a sweet dear moment between a mum and her forever innocent manchild.
i loved this post.

Linda said...

Like Hilary, I, too, have a very clear mental image of Sam on top of the ladder hugging the moon. You paint a lovely word picture with your writing. Sam is a lucky boy to have you for a mama.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Oh, how sweet was that. I guess we forget those tender moments in the midst of teenage years. So enjoyed reading this.

I'm going out to get the moon.

ladyfi said...

Such a wonderfully joyful and tender moment. Thank goodness for kids who show us the beauty of life around us.

Shrinky said...

Dearest Hilary, I am quite overwhelmed by the response this little post has received, all these kind and warm comments have completely floored me. If ever I questioned why I blog, I casn find the answer in here. It's people such as you who empitamise the best in our close community - you give so generously, not only of your time, but also of your support, encouragement and empathy. Thank you for making this place so much richer for your presence!

Shrinky said...

Hi Betty, aw, cheers for that!

Shrinky said...

Hi Daryl, if it comes to mind, please will you let me know?

Shrinky said...

Hello Sandy, oh my, FOUR BOYS? 'Tis a wonder you are still sane (giggle) - thank you for such kind words, I am so pleased we've been introduced via Hilary, I look forward to getting to know you better..!

Shrinky said...

Eeee Dianne, leave it out, you've got me all embarrassed now - sheesh! (Turning pink with pleasure..)

Shrinky said...

Hi Lilly, oh what a perfect phrase - a moon-catcher - yes, I love it!

Shrinky said...

Ah Foam, you have summed Sweet Sam up to a "T", he doesn't have one bad bone in his body (smile).

Shrinky said...

Hello Linda, it's so lovely to see you in here, thanks for popping by - ahh, it WAS a sweet moment, all the more for the unexpectedness!

Shrinky said...

Hi Midlife Jobhunter, good luck with the catching of it (wink)!

Shrinky said...

ladyfi, Sam sees things in his own unique way, sometimes the world can be quite a scary place to him, other times, like this, it can be such a wonderful place.

lladybugg said...

I'm so glad that this is the post that was up when I first checked out your blog. :) This is a beautiful piece. What's more special than a moment like that?

I've read back a few more posts and I really enjoy what I'm reading.

Shrinky said...

Hey there lladybug, where did you fly in from? I love ladybugs (smile), so I'm very pleased to see you in here! Ahhh, yes Sam. I think he's a keeper - wink.

lladybugg said...

Looks like you found where I flew in from :) but I think the referring link was actually "Judge Whiskey"'s blog.

Ladybugs are a childhood favorite :)

I'll be stopping by again, I'm sure.

Cricket said...

This was brilliant, just brilliant - a lovely story simply told. i will tell you without embarrassment that my eyes are damp.

My children drive me insane, not constantly, but daily all the same. And, you know, I figured before they were born that I would love them. Yet I was unprepared for just how inadequate the mere word is.

I had no idea I would, or even could, love another human being as I love them. Perhaps my wife, but even that is different. That is my choice.

But God chooses our children for us. Truly, they are a gift.

Belated congratulations on your potw. This post made my day.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Well! I thought the photo couldn't be beaten--gorgeous, but then you tell that sweet sweet story!!
I'm glad that you stopped to visit the toilet on the way to confront the possibly burglar, it gave you more time to enjoy that precious moment :-)

Shrinky said...

Ah, so that's how you found me, thanks lladybug! I look forward visiting with you more (smile).

Shrinky said...

Oh Cricket - gee, I wish you could see the big, wide cheesy grin you've planted on my face right now! Thank you my friend, that was such a beautiful comment to leave. I know EXACTLY what you mean about kids having perfected the art of how to drive their parents demented - it's a wonder we survive shepherding them through into adulthood at all! Yet for all that, we still wouldn't be without them!

Shrinky said...

Great to see you back in here again, imbeingheldhostage - haha, yeah, I guess you have a valid point there (grin)..

Middle Child said...

That is just so beautiful - and you will treasure that memory forever no doubt - funny to think of you ar your Craggy Island - as I may have mentioned thats what we called our place - on a flood plain because occasionally it is an island

Shrinky said...

Ha, what a funny coincidence Therese! I call it Craggy Island because where we are situated is midway between Ireland and England, just as "Craggy Island " in the fictional comedy "Father Ted" was - and there are loads of similarities to that place and here (grin)!

Dee Newman said...

The story is absolutely wonderful . . . I'm a little misty-eyed at the moment.

Please tell me, though – where do you find the time to respond to every single person who comments on your blog?

Shrinky said...

Hi Dee, oh I am staggered at the response this post has drawn, this is NOT the norm insofar as the amount of visitors I usually receive, please believe me! That said, I had to quit work when Sam was young, and must be free to ferry him about when he goes to his life skills course, or to any social group, and Sam can never be left alone at home .. so this blog is my social life, it's proved quite a life-line at times!

Akelamalu said...

Sweet Sam - you named him well. x

Shrinky said...

I guess I did at that, Akelamalu (smile)..

Parabolic Muse said...

oh, yes. Really sweet. I visualize you two up there, gazing.

San said...

That is utterly beautiful, Shrinky. Sam's is a deeper wisdom and you are quite a mother to recognize it. Your souls must have been brought together by the same kind of logic that allows a small ladder to reach the moon.

Shrinky said...

Hi Chrissie, Sam opens my eyes to wonders I could never see on my own.

Shrinky said...

Hey San, how brilliant to see you back my friend. Sam has taught me so much along the way, and I've not always been that willing a pupil - but one thing about my Sam is he NEVER gives up on me!

Margaret Benbow said...

Sweet Sam--no, SWEETEST Sam--indeed. He has beauty in his heart, like his mother.

Shrinky said...

Hello dear Margaret, I rather doubt Sam inherited any of that beauty from me, although I'm touched you suggest it (smile). No, he is strictly a one off, this boy!

Pat Tillett said...

What a great and moving story...
Really bittersweet!

Open Ends said...

The innocence.. The moment captured.. The storyteller.. Touching... Thanks for sharing