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Mom's Day

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Martha Reisdorf

Mom’s Day

Lying sprawled across my couch, I was far too ill even to

realize I had children that needed watching…and, needless to say to realize it was Mother’s Day.

But my five-year-old son was well aware it was my day to be honored and cherished for all the love I had given him. Brimming with love and pride for his cherished mom, he set out to find the “best gift” he could give me.

Dragging his wagon and toting a Mason canning jar with lid, he ventured out through the nearby woods in search of the best present ever to bring home to a sick mom. Scouring and searching through the trails, he traversed…until he came across the perfect gift.

Voila…there it was, and he captured it in his Mason jar and took it home to his mother, stretched out on the couch with an enormous fever.

“Mommy, mommy I found you a present,” he shouted and not only handed her the Mason jar—housing a live garter snake—he took the lid off so the snake could greet her personally.

Do I need to tell you that the garter snake slithering across my fevered body abruptly shocked the fever out of me?

“Ahh…being a Mom, the greatest?!

Martha Reisdorf is a lifelong resident of Washington…born in Tacoma, grew up in Steilacoom, moved to Tacoma in later years, and now resides in Gig Harbor.

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