Straight Hair & Lame-less Mother’s Day

This was my fancy straight hair today.

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The only problem with trying to be cool with flat hair is that then my implant magnets show up more instead of just hiding under my hair.

So instead of looking like I didn’t brush my hair, I looked like I just unplugged from the matrix.

That was fun, for a day.

In other news, this was the best mother’s day ever, thus far. Mom went to church with me, Jess decided to join the choir, and I got out of sacrament meeting without having to take the motherly gift.

And and and, the people who spoke simply thanked “mothers and mothers-to-be”, which was a genuine and tender way to include all of us.

And and and, my ward and friends get bonus points for all making sweet and awesome comments.

And and and, having confronted my own fears and grief before church meant that none of it bothered me during church. Sacrament was lovely, the marriage class peeps helped with discussion, and I was excused from third hour to help with another project.

This was all the Savior’s way of protecting me from myself, so that I did not self-destruct and instead focused on the real purpose of today, which is honoring my mother.

I am glad she is here, and so appreciate this sacred time with her. It truly is sacred time, a gift of time, and I love her so much.

We talked about her mother, too, and shared good memories of her. Seeing my mom miss her mom makes me all the more grateful to have her with me.

Grateful enough to make her some pizza for dinner! Yummy!

Straightened hair and magnet and pizza may all seem like superficial topics for such a special day, but they are the kinds of things a mother teaches you: how not to dress like a street ruffian, how to cook fun food, and how to embrace miracle magnets without being embarrassed by them.

There are many more emotional, sappy, lovely things I would write about my mother, but that’s the best I can do while a five year old with plastic neon green monster teeth is standing beside me asking when the pizza is ready and how many snacks she can have until it is ready.

That’s motherhood, even if it comes shaped like an aunt.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Straight Hair & Lame-less Mother’s Day — 1 Comment

  1. I am SO glad you had a good Mother’s Day! I was thinking of you, but was lame and didn’t text like I planned on doing. I’ll catch up with you soon.