Who Needs Spring?

September 24, 2012 by Michelle

Mister Man turned to me this weekend as we took a walk through our neighborhood.  Mom?  What season is your favorite?

A discussion ensued.  I enumerated the benefits of all the seasons from snow and hot cocoa to relaxing days at the pool to football and leaf piles to green and warming weather.

He looked at me as though I were insane.  Really, Mom?  You like spring?  Why?

Well, I replied thoughtfully (because that’s what we do as moms in all situations), I like spring partly because you can see all the beautiful flowers blooming.

Flowers? he scoffed.  Who even likes flowers?

Well, kiddo, I smiled down at his indignant head (yay, he isn’t yet 9 and I still have time to smile down at him before he begins to tower over me), there are lots of people who like flowers.

How do you know? he demanded skeptically.

People buy flowers all the time, Mister Man.

He shook his head in disgust.  Really?  Then, Mom, people get ripped off all the time.  All they’re good for is sneezing.  Sheesh.  Some people….

Remind me not to buy him flowers anytime soon.  Oh my stubborn boy who sees the world in black and white instead of shades of grey.  My child who beats to his own drummer and heeds his own clarion call.  How could I ever resist him?

Mister Man wrapped in a towel, grinning

In the interest of full disclosure, this was part of the From Left to Write book club where we write posts inspired by the books we read rather than reviews of the books.  I did receive a copy of this book as part of the book club.  That said, all opinions remain my own.

The book we read this month was “The Bloodletter’s Daughter” by first time novelist Linda Lafferty. 

Cover art for The Bloodletter's Daughter


  • Thien-Kim aka Kim

    That's so cute! Maybe he'll change his mind when he's ready to impress some girls?

  • Linda Lafferty

    Guess I am curious what HIS favorite season is…

  • Michelle

    Kim – I don't know… I'm sort of hoping that he never gets to that stage and stays little and cute forever!

    Linda – He's a summer guy. While he loves school, the increased play time and pool time and ability to be outside are what he loves most.

  • Sandra

    Maybe not now, but flowers will make an impression on him someday. It took me decades to appreciate parts of nature in ways I never have before. But I think Mister Man is adorable–his words are so valid in his own ways!

  • Michelle

    Sandra – His words are definitely very valid. I will never take that from him. But they still crack me up 🙂

  • Lisa

    I like flowers! 🙂

  • Emily

    “People get ripped off all the time.” I love it! Very true, of course. I don't think his future spouse will be getting a lot of flowers. But I'm sure he will think of other gifts to give.

  • Laila @OnlyLaila

    I love that picture of him. I also think about the day when I'll be looking up to my son, le sigh.

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