On most beautiful fall days, after school Ricki and I like to hang out in the very fancy chair in the front yard and just talk about how much we love each other. Of course, I’m wearing a dress, my hair is perfectly curled, and Ricki’s long blonde hair is perfectly pinned. We just laugh and she tells me that I’m the best mom in the world..
And then I wake up from my dream and am forced into reality. I’m running around in cat leggings and Uggs, picking up whatever mess my zoo of animals made the night before. Ricki’s hair is in knots and I’m screaming up the stairs, begging her to at least put a headband on, while we’re running out the door, trying our hardest not to be late for school.
Ricki talked about how much she dreaded the shoot for Charlotte Parent, and to be honest, I was so scared she was going to be crying in all of the pictures. Right before these beautiful pictures were taken, I was upstairs in her room begging, bribing, and praying that she’d just wear the clothes I picked out and smile for a couple pictures. Basically, I was using everything but physical force. Eventually she agreed and can you believe as soon as the camera was on, that little girl thought she was Cindy Crawford, trying to find her best angle and laughing as if I actually said something funny??
Even though my reality isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, I’ll take my life any day of the week and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Besides, twenty years from now, we’ll look back on these pictures and have forgotten about all the fuss. We won’t remember all the begging and pleading it took to get to this point and for a minute, maybe we can convince ourselves that we really were the family that sat outside on fancy chairs and talked about how much we love each other. But for now, I’m having fun every second of being a mommy to this girl of mine and hope I never forget a minute.