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Perfect Moment Monday: Reed guest posts

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.

This was a message in my emailbox a few weeks ago. And it explains why it’s in my interest (and yours) to notice perfect moments.


Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

On the last Monday of each month we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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27 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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