Full Circle

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, I was hugely pregnant. My belly was so big my legs looked supermodel thin in comparison. I was only allowed to waddle around sparingly, as I was on mandatory bed rest due to elevated blood pressure. All I wanted was to hold my baby boy, but he chose to send me a message instead.

It didn’t come in the form of one of those trippy pregnancy-induced dreams. It wasn’t spelled out in the bowl when I caved to a random craving for Alpha-Bits cereal.  It was printed on a mug…one that was custom made by my Mom.

It read, “Happy Mother’s Day. I know you are going to be the best Mommy. See you soon. Love, Alex.” I don’t know if it was the frustration of being held hostage in my home, or the overload of pregnancy hormones, or the beautifully simple message (or a combination of the three), but that mug made me cry. And it immediately became one of my most treasured possessions.

Today, I purposely pulled it out of the cabinet to use it for my morning coffee. The difference was my son and my Mom were right next to me, happily playing in celebration of Mother’s Day. A smile involuntarily crept on to my face. I have the best Mommy for a role model, so there’s hope I will one day live up to the message on that mug.

I don't know if I am the best Mommy yet, Alex, but I try to be. I love you always and forever.

Happy Mother’s Day!

***This year, I chose to prepare brunch at home (no more hostage situation over here!). Pistachio Bundt cake is always in demand, but it’s not demanding to make…perfect for Mommies who are supposed to take a day off once in awhile.***

Pistachio Bundt Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1 package pistachio pudding mix

1 cup club soda

3 eggs

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup vegetable oil


Combine all of the ingredients, and mix until well blended. Transfer into a prepared bundt pan, and bake in a 350 oven for about 50 minutes. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Full Circle

  1. Michele Goldman says:

    I rushed into my daughter’s house after a morning of bird watching. She was cooking and my grandson, was playing on the floor looking like a model for Baby Gap. My beautiful granddaughter was sitting on the sofa awaiting a delicious brunch. The table was all set and Mother’s Day packages were neatly tucked on the ledge begging to be opened. My son-in-law was chatting with his parents and sharing something funny..It looked like a Norman Rockewell painting. And then I saw it, the “Mommy Mug” on the table. My eyes glanced over the message that I had gotten printed last year for my daughter when Alex was here but not HERE. I thought “She IS the best mommy”, I just knew that she would be. She endures sleepless nights and cooks and cleans and blogs and does laundry and plans bat mitzvahs and first birthday parties and Mother’s Day brunches as if it’s nothing. She’s tired but she doesn’t show it as I watch her make silly faces and dance around wildly just to make Alex smile and scream with delight. Yesterday she spontaneously drove Ashley (and me and Alex) to Ogunquit, Maine so Ashley could pick up a few “things” for her upcoming bat mitzvah and we could have an early Mother’s Day celebration. We had the best time because she makes everything fun and is so funny. I thought about the sweet “mom” things she does like reaching back to hold Alex’s hand in the car or patting Ashley’s leg, “just because”. I’m happy that she thinks I’m a good mom because I really tried/try to be. However, I’m delighted to see the new, improved version drinking coffee out of that mug. “And so it goes… “

  2. Marsha Lasoff says:

    You don’t know me, but I have been friends with Joanne and Susan for many years. We hooked up again from Facebook and am enjoying getting to know everything about our families . I met your mom Michelle at the barbeque that Joanne had her home. I felt like talking to your mom that I had known her for years. She seems like a wonderful person and am sure that she is a great mom. Talking to the girls she is a great friend they tell me. I am happy that you all got to sure mothers day in such a nice way. Your letters and recipes are great. Thank you for sharing them…

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Thanks for your support, Marsha. I sincerely appreciate it.

      I agree–Joanne, Susan, and my Mom are all wonderful women. I hope I get to meet you one day.

      All my best,


  3. sandy carey says:

    beautiful response by Michelle..you two are truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship..love ya, Sandy

  4. Mommy Dish says:

    Thanks, Sandy. Love you, too!

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