Perfect Moment Monday: Reed guest posts

July 28, 2013

in Perfect Moment, Reed

Not to be left out, Reed asked to follow in the footsteps of his sister and today he makes his writing debut on this blog. As so often happens within loving relationships, one person’s perfect moment leads to another’s.

Reed says:

My perfect moment this month was when I was picking out a present for my mom in Keystone. I wanted to find a gift that she would love and would make her feel good — no, great! I thought to myself, I want something that says “Mom.”

Then I looked to left and there it was! Guess what? It said “Mom.” Literally.

I started asking — no, not asking but BEGGING my Grandma to get it and then finally she said YES!

When we get back to the lodge I turn on the TV to give Grandma and Grandpa a break while my parents worked at a conference. A couple hours later my mom walks in the door looking wiped out. I dash up to her and give her a hug. I have the box hidden in my hand and I reach up and say, Mom, something is coming out of your ear!

…and then I give her box with the necklace. I felt joy when I saw the expiration on her face because I knew she loved it. I felt great knowing she loved it.

She picked me up and held me tight. When she does that I call her Mommy and hold her tight right back.

It had been an emotional few days. The annual conference I’d run at the mountain resort for the last 7 years was always a grueling few days, but in addition this month I was dealing with the fact that it was my last time. My job would end when the conference ended.

I schlepped my tired self up the hill to enter our mountain condo and unslung the laptop from my shoulder. My parents were having snacks on the deck and the kids were watching some inane show with a too-loud soundtrack. Uncharacteristically, Reed jumped up from his divot on the couch, stopping when he got into my space.

“Bend down, Mom,” he commanded, also uncharacteristically.

I lowered myself for a perfunctory hug (this perfect moment sneaked up on me) and he got an impish look on his face. Instead of hugging my midsection, his arms aimed higher, near my head.

“Mom! You have something in your ear! What could it be? Oh, look!”

jewelry from my son

He beamed as he handed it to me.

My heart swelled as I opened it.

He jumped in to my arms and I had a huge moment of gratitude that I get to live with this boy’s generous, loving, playful heart. I squeezed him long and hard.


A happy moment, Lori, will seed ten thousand more.Notes from the Universe.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

April July 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I love it!! I can’t wait for these moments to come in our family.


luna July 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

such a lovely moment.
and such an amazing sweet boy!


St. Elsewhere July 29, 2013 at 12:02 am

Awww Reed, you are a good child.

I love the fact that he chose something that you really liked. That he made you feel better when you were feeling down.

Good job, Reed!


Janet Dubac July 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

Thank you so much for sharing this post. It surely melt my heart! He is such a sweet, sweet boy and he loves you very much. What a wonderful moment. :)


Greg July 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

That was so sweet. Well done Reed!


Ellie {Musing Momma} July 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

This brought tears to my eyes! I just love how Reed was so thoughtful and loving to his momma, and I can really relate to how special it was to her. Beautiful!


Kim D July 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

What a sweet moment. Thanks to you both for sharing. Brought tears to my eyes.


Valerie July 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Wow, Reed! What a great story! It made me cry happy tears. You’re an incredible young man!


Daria July 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

So sweet


RobinJP July 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

Ahhhh. What a sweetie.
Thanks for sharing your perfect moment, Reed.
But just one thing… I think that word spells a couple of different things: Yes, it spells M-O-M. But I think it also spells L-O-V-E!

You are a lucky boy. You’ve got a super great Mom and a fantastic Grandma too!


Lori Lavender Luz July 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I like the way you spell.


Alicia July 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

What a sweet, wonderful little boy you have! Awwwwwww… Made my morning!


Sheri July 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

I love reading about your Perfect Moments…because it reminds me of how often they can and do happen if you (I) am simply open to noticing, experiencing and enjoying them.

How very characteristically sweet of Reed to think of you and give you such a perfect gift.

It sounds like you all experienced a round of Perfect Moments. :) Thank you both for sharing yours with us.


Kathy July 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Love this! So awesome that your children want to share their words here and how cool to read about your perfect moments this month from both Reed and your perspectives! :)

We missed you so much this week at BlogHer`13! It was awesome,but not the same without you. xoxo


a July 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm

That was definitely a perfect moment! Reed, I love your enthusiasm – and it’s great that you know exactly what your mom needs after a long day!


Haralee July 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

So sweet! I will have to consider perfect moments but your son set the bar pretty darn high!


Carolyn Savage July 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Awesome moment, Reed! Lori…you are one lucky mom!


Addison Cooper July 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Lori, that was great! We go through transitions in life – into and out of jobs – but some things remain constant.


JoAnne July 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

those are the special moments that last a life-time. What a great story Reed. <3


Paulette July 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

love the story! What a lucky lady you are!


Justine July 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Oh, how perfect, Reed! Wiping away tears of happy for amazing you and your amazing Mom. :)


m. July 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

Wow, Reed! You’ve got great timing! Looks like your gift arrived exactly when your mom needed it most. Thanks for guest posting and sharing your perfect moment.

Dear Lori, what a lucky lady you are to have such a considerate young man in your life (but I think you already knew that.)

Please don’t ever stop Perfect Moments. Even when I can’t participate, it warms my heart and fuels my fires knowing they are here.


shannon2818 July 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Aww … so cute. I love it that your kids are posting.


Kristi Campbell July 31, 2013 at 6:08 am

I love this! Reed, you are one awesome kid. Your mom is pretty amazing herself. Thanks for the happy mood this morning!


Mel August 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

He is such an awesome kid.


Geochick August 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Aww…. How cute!


Karen @BakingInATornado August 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

What a beautiful moment. And I love getting it from both perspectives.


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