With Labor Day ended, the back-to-school season is now officially in full swing. We were up early this morning rubbing the sand from our eyes after a delicious weekend of baseball games and fireworks and giant hamburgers. Getting back into routine is welcome for lots of moms, but not for me. I sorta like the whimsical, spontaneous freedom of holiday. Alas, we are back to packing lunches, sharpening pencils, and school fundraising.
Do you dread school fundraising as I do? Egad. It has to be the second most painful thing behind childbirth. The only difference, as I see it, is that after delivery you get to tote home a bundle of joy. After fundraisers, you’re delivered a bundle of overpriced gift wrap. Or cookie dough tubs. Or nappy tubs of popcorn. Or useless coupons. Or…oh, you get it. Fundraising season drives me bananas. Having four fundraising kids? Well it’s enough to turn a penny-pinching mama like me into a bit of a sourpuss.
At least, I was feeling sourpusserific about it all until last night, when my 12-year-old delivered a carefully folded letter into my hand, and kissed me on the cheek before tiptoeing out of the room. Yep. The household tween kissed me on the cheek. Here is the note that arrived with the kiss:
Oh mother. The one who softly glistens in the night sky, whispering as softly as an angel, lighter than a feather you glide, intriguing ever child. Their hearts love you, and mine does, too. So can you please please please email all your email buddies about my schools magazine sale? I would die if you did.
P.S. I love you more than life itself.
How is a mother to resist the joys of fundraising after such a letter? I emailed every human I knew, tucked him into bed with a lollipop, and decided to invite you all to order every magazine you’ve ever desired on his behalf.
Such a child deserves such a fate, I say. When you tell your mama she “glistens like the night sky” only good things can come of it.
Buy magazines here for my beautiful, handsome, divinely devoted son, Andrew. Love you kiddo.
Here is a real-live fundraiser, worth checking out. Cheeky Kitchen reader, Michelle Andrews is hosting an iPad giveaway in exchange for donations to Villa La Paz, a remarkable home for destitute, sick children in Peru. Please click here to learn more about the cause.