Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Catch 'Em

“Catch ‘em, Daddy! Catch ‘em, Daddy!” they shouted.

The Mayor and The Rooster blew kisses and threw them out the back window of our car as we drove away from the commuter rail station.

“No!” Mayor shouted. “You don’t say it, Roo!”

[A tiny girl released a great wailing…]

“He said NO to me, Mommy! You are making me SAD, Mayor!”

“Roo,” I said, “Daddy caught all of your kisses. Don’t worry.”

“Did he catch mine?” The Mayor asked.

“Only the ones that you threw when you were being nice,” I told him. “When you were being mean to Roo they fell --PLOP-- right on the ground and didn’t reach him.”

“Why, Mommy? Why didn’t my kisses reach him?” he asked.

“Only kisses thrown in niceness and love can fly. Kisses thrown with any meanness nearby get weighted down and become too heavy. Kisses with meanness on them fall right down to the ground.”

There was a moment of toddler contemplation.

Then 1,000 lovely kisses were blown from the backseat of our car.

“Catch ‘em, Daddy! Catch ‘em, Daddy!”

“What happens when we get too far away?” The Mayor asked. “Do all the nice kisses reach him?”

“If a nice kiss doesn’t reach Daddy it finds someone else to land on,” I explained. “Someone might be walking along, minding their business, going to work when suddenly… --SMACKEROO--…one of your nice kisses lands right on their head!”

Roo and The Mayor laughed at the idea of their kisses falling on the heads of random strangers.

With renewed enthusiasm, they threw millions of light-as-air, love-filled kisses out the window chanting,

“Catch ‘em! Catch ‘em!”




87 comments:

rak said...

what a lovely idea...

Mary Alice said...

Tell them I felt one land right on m head....and I'm miles away. Nice kisses can float a long way.

Family Adventure said...

How cute...and what a clever mommy!

Heidi :)

WILLIAM said...

Kisses thrown with meaness are also one of the causes of Global warming. and I think your kids need to buy some "Love and Niceness" Kissing Credits to offset the damage.

Shannon said...

21st century version of free love.

Pgoodness said...

You are so quick on your feet with those explanations! Love it...

Circus Kelli said...

Awwww... that must have been what hit me on the way to work this morning...

You totally rock as a Mom.

TX Poppet said...

Without a doubt , one of the sweetest things I've read all year. Thank you.

Jenifer said...

You have some great ideas there lady. And if you don't mind I am reaching up to catch one for myself...my sinus /cold/coughing thing is wearing me out. The a floating kiss is exactly what I need.

Heidi Hyde said...

What a couple of sweeties those two are.

-hh

Moi said...

Fantabulous.

Mom Ma'am Me said...

Oh, this is so wonderful. I'm grinning ear to ear!

Lisa Milton said...

Mayor & Roo kisses, working their magic on folks who may just need it - genius.

{I love the flightless mean smooches.}

Fairly Odd Mother said...

OMG, this post filled me with so much sweetness and light.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I feel them all the way here in Denver!

Joeprah said...

Brats! Just kidding...of course that is sickeningly cute.

Amy said...

I want you to be my mommy too!

jennyryan.com said...

What a wonderful gift! :)

Grim Reality Girl said...

And so more joy spreads... so glad you are teaching them so well!

painted maypole said...

i think i caught one. and OH i needed one this morning. thanks.

Dawn said...

Aww that is the sweetest thing ever!! You are one smart mommy!

furiousBall said...

i was wondering what all that plopping was this morning...

Natalie said...

What sweethearts! And a very creative mommy, too!

From Here to There

AnotherMomCreation said...

AWWWWW.... how sweet is that?
I love that idea!

Nice work, Mom. That is one for the books!

Hol&J said...

So sweet and so simple. That just made my eyes well up.

Maddy said...

A great lesson for everyone to learn.
Best wishes

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

jakelliesmom said...

That is some genius parenting you've got going on over there. I'll have to work that niceness thing into my usual threats and bribes.

Heather, Queen of Shake-Shake said...

That is such a sweet story. You are so creative!

Kyla said...

That was entirely too lovely. I think anyone who ends up with one of those stray kisses is lucky indeed.

The Hotfessional said...

How sweet. and perfect for the holiday season.

Teri said...

that was precious!

holly said...

that is totally cute!

at our house we have to smoosh them in. whatever you catch, you have to smoosh onto your own cheek. but the m1 started that, along with the kiss-stank. that is a kiss followed by a snort, that negates the kiss, turning it into a tease. weird weird children i have and i just do not know where they get it....

we_be_toys said...

Throwing you a million light-as-air, love-filled kisses...and hoping they land all along the way.
Beautiful idea!

Above Average Joe said...

I got mine, thanks!!

Jennifer said...

I love this. You are such a good mama.

Rima said...

Oh, you are GOOD! But don't give that stuff away for free! There has *got* to be a children's book in your future, woman.

Lawyer Mama said...

I think I caught one up here.

Julie said...

That was so lovely, thank you! I thought I felt a kiss this morning, I was wondering where that came from!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

That is a sweet, sweet sentiment mama!

BOSSY said...

Ah ha! - and here Bossy always thought that was bird poo.

jennifer said...

I love this idea of the kisses hitting someone who needs it. Hope you don't mind, but I think I'll steal this idea for my own kiddos.

Jennifer, Le Binky Bitch

Worker Mommy said...

GREAT idea. How do you come up with these things.... I Love it!

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Oh, thank you for a light hearted feeling and a smile today. :-)

Stacie said...

this is the sweetest blog post ever!

cronznet said...

Brilliant, just brilliant.

OHmommy said...

This sounds like a wonderful children's book. I can see the pictures so clear in my head.

Write it. Write it.

Katie R. said...

I LOVE that. That is excellent.

Kellan said...

Okay - that was a truly precious story! You are - a magnificent story teller - my friend. Take care. Kellan

Nancy said...

“Only kisses thrown in niceness and love can fly. Kisses thrown with any meanness nearby get weighted down and become too heavy. Kisses with meanness on them fall right down to the ground.”

That is so perfect =)

Ponygirl said...

sending all of you kisses right back from California. Catch'em catch'em!

Avery Gray said...

How precious! I'm gonna have to try that one out!

witchypoo said...

Please tell them that I felt nice kisses in Nova Scotia, Canada, and it came when I really needed them.

frog ponds rock... said...

Yay!! One of those kisses flew all the way to Tasmania.
Excellent.

cheers kim

Lotta said...

What a lovely mom you are!

Chantelle said...

Oh! It is so sweet. I think one caught me too. All the way in New Zealand.

Mrs. G. said...

I could use some random smackaroos to land on my head today. What an awsome blog. Thanks for commenting on mine. I will be back tomorrow.

mom said...

Does this also work when I curse someone out and flick them off but they are too far away to hear me? I really hate the idea of poor strangers being pelted in the face with my middle fingers, on the other hand, maybe if they are sent with TRUE hate and disgust, they do reach their intended targets.

Liza's Eyeview said...

hey...I think I just caught one ;)

Monica Ford said...

Your kiddies are simply the BEST at random acts of kindness. ;)

Yogamum said...

What a lovely story!

Mrs. Flinger said...

You are wonderful. I wish I remembered things like this. Even as an adult.

Amanda said...

Aw, come on, I rely on you for laughs, no fair making this dotty-from-pregnancy OTJ devotee weep.

Incredible on your feet thinking. Loved this.

flutter said...

*sniffle*

Serina Hope said...

That is brilliant.

JCK said...

This was just beautiful...

Cathy said...

I love the image of all those drifting toddler kisses.

QT said...

This is so great - you are one creative mama. I can just imagine the scene in the backseat!

Mya said...

I'm miles away in the French Pyrenees - the sky is clear blue today - and I thought it was a sunbeam at first...but no...it was a beautiful little smackeroo...floated a long long way. Ahhh. Lovely post.

Mya x

Miss Mrs...a blog of everyday delights said...

Brilliant!

BookMomma said...

As much as I would like to leave your comment total for this post at 69, I had to leave one... :)

Beautiful post. Do you come up with that stuff off the top of your head to tell Rooster and Mayor? I guess I'm so busy chasing the boys and catching falling objects I don't have beautiful life explanations at the ready... I also like what william said about meaness kisses being a cause for global warming!

I guess I'll just keep tuning in to OTJ for gorgeous parenting allegories. Maybe they'll rub off on me.

BookMomma said...

Oh yeah... and as a former children's librarian and PR manager for a major national bookstore, you MUST write this children's book.
Nothing like that out there, cornered market and such... I can see it now!

megachick said...

you have such great explanations! i wish i could come up with such sweet things so quickly.i'm more likely to make threats.

Sayre said...

Your kids are just beautiful - and you are too. I wish I could come up with such good spontaneous explanations when my son was little.

Momish said...

The fact that they wanted to thow more kisses once they knew they would land on strangers speaks volumes!! Sweet ones indeed!

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

I think that when I go outside to warm up my car this morning, I will pause in my driveway, and send out about 173 nice kisses to the world.

andi said...

Oh, Jess. You are so wise. Moments like these don't happen often in my house - wanna come over and be my parenting coach?
andi from Poot and Cubby

Queeny said...

Suh-weet!

Ali said...

you have the cutest family ever. seriously

JayJenny said...

You are such a wonderful mother!

Rising Rainbow said...

Definitely a clever mommy. Good for you for such fast thinking on your feet.

goodtwin said...

I Love it. Keep up the good work.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh that is so cute. You are amazing.

Mrs. Chicken said...

God, you are a wonderful, imaginative, loving parent. Lucky Rooster and Mayor. Lucky lucky lucky you, too.

Papa Jim said...

If more people did that, the LA freeways might not be so hellish. Still slow, but at least we'd be smiling a little.
BD @ BusyDadBlog.com

Christina said...

That is so sweet. And I'm going to have to remember that part about kisses not reaching their intended if you're mean.

imaginary binky said...

I felt some wetness on my cheek the other day. This explains a thing or two.

Diane said...

What a creative mommy! Your little stories are just the sort of thing a kid can relate to. Flying kisses. I love it!