Jimmy beamed as he handed an envelope to Lauren. “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy.”
Lauren gave Jimmy a curt smile. She opened the envelope and liberated the card from inside. It prominently displayed a brown rabbit with a folded ear exclaiming “Happy Easter!”. Well, the Easter had a line through it and Mother’s Day was written in a messy, but recognizable, small scrawl that approximated printing.
“Wow, dear,” she said absentmindedly as she opened the card. There, in perfect cursive, was ‘To my beloved son, Jimmy! Love you!’
“You shouldn’t have,” Lauren said in a tone that emphasized he really shouldn’t have.
That bit of sarcasm didn’t seem to phase him. “Well, I wanted to show how much I love you,” Jimmy said, that inane smile of his plastered on his face.
Lauren sighed inwardly. He really thought he was getting away with this one. She couldn’t keep herself from commenting.
“This is the Easter card I gave you honey,” Lauren said.
He pointed excitedly at her handwriting. “I know. That’s why it’s so perfect. You always told me to use, reuse, and recycle.” That grin got even larger. It threatened to swallow up his ears.
Lauren shook her head in disbelief, but she couldn’t keep a wistful smile from her own lips. “Yes, I did tell you that.”
She went to put the card into the recycling, taking her own advice, when he reached out. “Wait, Mommy! Can I have it back?”
She stopped mid-pitch with an uneasy feeling in her stomach. “Why do you want it back?” she asked.
“Well, I figured I could give it again.”
“But I already saw it, dear.”
“But not Suzy’s mom.”
That made Lauren do a double take. “You want to give it to your wife’s mom?”
“Sure. She will love it.”
Lauren smiled a true smile and handed him the card. Yes, Suzy’s mom would love it, and understand totally what had happened. Suzy and Jimmy were two peas in a pod. “Yes, Jimmy. Do you want me to find a different envelope though?”
Jimmy was so happy he practically vibrated. “You betcha!”