Our first year of marriage, Ross got me an antique white bowl and pitcher with pinkish red flowers. As the kids were growing up, we found an old wood washstand that fit it and the antique piece stood in an area in the house that was somewhat in the walkway.
With four young children, I was often anxious that the bowl and pitcher might get broken. As the kids grew, the bowl and pitcher became affectionately known as “Mom’s idol.”
I always wanted the children to know that they were truly more precious to me than any material possession. So one day, I thought through very clearly what I wanted to say to make sure that they knew how much I loved them.
Somberly, I stated, “In all seriousness, I want you kids to know that I value the bowl and pitcher more than all four of you put together.”
My words were all jumbled but I didn’t realize it.
Their shocked faces caught me off-guard so in order to emphasize the point, I repeated what I said. “I’m being totally serious. I want you kids to know that I value the bowl and pitcher more than all of four of you put together.”
When they burst out laughing and told me EXACTLY what I said, I couldn’t believe it. So, it became the running joke…”We knew it all along, Mom. The bowl and pitcher is more valuable than all of us, except for Dad.”