I'm surrounded, I tell you. By boys.
I have three of my own. And then my husband makes four.
Add the cat (who is a boy) and the two guinea pigs (which are both boys), Scout and I are the only estrogen in the house.
There was a time that I thought this meant I was relegated to a world of camouflage and car prints. Maybe a dinosaur or two thrown in.
I'm not much of a girly, girl anyway, but I do like lace, and pretty dishes...and flowers.
I am coming to understand though that as a mother of boys, I am almost *more* obligated to bring a little femininity into our home.
It is my responsibility to teach them what the fairer (and smarter) of our species responds to.
It is my job to show these boys that there is a softer side to life.
We have new napkin rings on the table, with real cloth napkins. (That go in your lap.) Sometimes we even eat on real china plates. We are learning to open doors for ladies, even if we don't know them.
I want them to know the language of flowers. How to write a love note, even if it is to a teacher. How to be polite and not put your elbows on the table. I think they need to know that it matters if you notice the little things, like if your girl gets her hair cut. Or if she had a new dress on.
These things are important.
But most importantly...all girls like flowers. Period.
Their mama is no exception.
These are my most favorite Spring grocery store flowers at the moment:
- Alstromaria: These pretty little lilies don't have much to offer in the way of smell, but they come in a variety of colors from yellow, to red, to pink. And are very long lasting. They can last for up to two weeks without cutting if the water is kept clean.
- Ranunculas: Love, love the delicate pretty flowers and the curly stems are whimsical. This very old flower just screams Spring!
- Stock: Pretty pastel colors and the smell is intoxicating. I put them right by the bed or in the entry way where I can enjoy them the most.
- Hyacinths: Also love the smell. And hyacinths just scream Spring!
- Daisies: So summery and long lasting. These are might be my favorite flowers of all time. You just have to smile looking at daisies.
- Daffodils: Yes, daffodils. I have seen them pop up at several of our local supermarkets and they are always less than $2 a bunch. A bargain. And this way I can leave some in the garden to enjoy outside.
I think the boys must be catching on. We were in the grocery store a few days ago and my youngest picked up the biggest bunch of orange roses and asked if we could get them for his teacher. "Ms. T's favorite color is orange!" How can a mama say no to a boy who is so observant of the likes and pleasures of the woman who has his heart at the moment?
If you are a mother to all boys, do you feel the same? Like you are responsible for teaching your little lads to be chivalrous and keen on the female species?
And what are your favorite Spring flowers to have in your house?