Yesterday was not only Mother's Day, it was mine and Kerry's 17th anniversary. Seventeen years sounds like a long time, but it doesn't feel very long. Which is better than saying, "The last seventeen years sure has drug on and on and on. Feels like it's been for-ever."
Since it was a combo-celebration we took the kids out to dinner with us (after I did the dishes at home - on MOTHER'S DAY - not that I'm complaining) instead of having an "alone" night. We went to a Japanese hibachi grill where they cook the food right in front of you. We shared our table/grill with a family of six who were celebrating Mother's Day with the mom, grandmom, and great aunt. Great Aunt was largely deaf and mildly retarded. She was thrilled with the chef's show and it was as much fun to watch her as it was to watch the chef. When he was tossing an egg up and down on his spatula, she cackled and clapped in absolute delight. He did six eggs that way and she was amazed every time. This chef did something I had never seen before. He threw a shrimp at each person around the table for us to try catching in our mouths. Not one of our clan was able to do it. I told the kids we're going to start throwing food at each other so we can develop that skill. It will take them far in life, I'm sure. Who knows if, one day, they are dining with the President and they mention their food catching skills and he says, "You know, I've always wanted to do that." Then they teach The President of the United States to catch food in his mouth. I'll bet they would be famous. He might even make them ambassadors.
I gave Kerry a shirt and a chin-up bar (don't laugh, it's what he asked for) and he gave me an Ipod Nano which I'm currently fighting with because it doesn't want to download music - although it did download some free Spanish lessons which I used while I was exercising this morning. The kids gave me Willow Tree figures representing me and them. I need to find one to represent Kerry now but I don't know if they even make lone Willow Tree men. Could it even be a manly figure if it's made by Willow Tree? I don't know, but I'm going to find out.