Last week, our local MOMS Club chapter had our end of the year spring banquet, a fun-filled evening when we swear in our new board of directors (and sometimes just swear) and celebrate another [fiscal] year of success.
One of the games this year's planning committee developed was contacting every member's husband and securing a quotation in answer to the question, "Why is [your wife] the best mommy in the world?" We - the unsuspecting members - heard the quotations read aloud and then had to guess which quotation went with which member. No names were involved, but there were the barest of hints. The one who guessed the most correctly won a prize.
The prize was chocolate, by the way, and it is quite yummy. I had some just tonight.
But the real prize was that our husband's quotations were printed out and framed and given to each of us to take home. Mine has a place of honor in the dining room, where I can see it when I work at the dining room table (which is quite often - and right now, as it so happens).
What did Husby say about me?
"Sheyna is the best mommy in the world because...
She always challenges our kids to be the best that they can be, and always knows the right thing to say to comfort them. She's a teacher, a counselor, a comforter, and lets them have the freedom to discover themselves."
It still brings tears to my eyes. I'm not sure that I believe all that, but he insists that he does and that it's true and just knowing that this is how he thinks of me is the greatest gift of all.