Monday, December 10, 2012
The Meaning of "Mama"
This is my favorite Christmas ornament.
It was made by one of the special olympic athletes at the school where I work. They were selling them to fund their field trips to and from the games. The boy that made this was very insistant that I get one of his snowmen that he made. He saved this one for me inparticular. It's made of cinnamon dough and smells amazing.
I met this boy last year when he transferred from another school. He was very shy. I would walk with him into the cafeteria and sit with him while he ate his lunch. Whenever I saw him in the hall, I always asked how he was doing. He can throw a football farther and more perfectly than anyone I've ever seen, and he has the voice of an angel.
This year, he started calling me "Mama" I figured because I was pregnant. Finally one day I asked him why he called me that. His answer made me cry.
"Any woman who loves you and takes care of you is your Mama."
I watched him perform with the Men's Choir tonight at their Christmas concert. Afterwards, he came up to me and asked "Mama, did you hear me?" I did. And it was the most beautiful sound in the world.