Friday, October 2, 2009

Just a Little Note

A few mornings ago, I found this note propped on a chair between a stack of books and my old black purse. It stood tall next to our kitchen island. Mi Amor had written the note while I was away, taking the kids to school. I read it--surprised, enthralled. The note's electric blue letters pulsed like a neon open sign, each word charged with love, inviting me in to believe it, to buy it: You're the best.

The house was still except for the thump-thumping the dryer made, turning its full load of wet, heavy towels. Loosening the note from between the books, and tipping it against my belly, I read it again. How did he know a trip to the temple was just what I needed?

I left the note propped on the kitchen counter, and I read it at least a million times throughout the day. When my homies came home from school, they read the note too. One of them kept repeating its words over and over: once while eating Doritos, again while putting his dinner plate into the dishwasher, and once more during his bath. My eyes went misty every time I heard him say to himself, "You're the best!"

That night before bed, I told mi Amor,

"Do you hear what you're teaching your dear, sweet son?"

"What?" He said confused.

"Haven't you heard him reading that note you left? Do you know what you're doing?

"No," he said nervously.

"You're teaching him to love his future wife. You're teaching him to love me, or better yet, love himself. You're making this home a heaven on earth, and I can't thank you enough."

"Hmm," he said, not really grasping the long-term consequences of his simple little note.

P.S. As you can see, someone tried to wipe away my little note. In effort to preserve this moment in time, I took a picture--it lasts longer. Heaven knows I'll need to be reminded: You're the best. Don't doubt it. We all need to hear that once in a while--maybe once every minute somedays.

You're the BEST. Don't doubt it!


  1. You are the best! And you shouldn't forget it!!

  2. does he do stuff like that alot? man i never get that! you're so lucky. my mom did invite me to go to the temple with her a week or so ago and i thanked her over and over that she thought to ask me.

    have fun!

  3. oooh, I like your husband. He's the best.

  4. I love that Oprah quote, "Love is in the details". This reminds me of that - way too cute & I applaud your observations as a mother who is trying to raise great sons/husbands.

    PS. You're hubby is right!

  5. Hi we found your Jean Kate bows online off a friends blog. Where can we order them? They are so stinkin cute!

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  7. I know that you don't know me, but I found you, like many others, through 71toes. I think I may have commented here once before. I just wanted to thank you today. You don't know how much I needed to hear that. I need it from everywhere I can get it today. I won't explain here why, but if you're curious, you can read about it on my blog. Anyway, thanks.

  8. You'll be so happy that you took that picture! It's so great to be reminded of such things. What a cute happy couple you two are!

  9. ah man, you've got yourself a great guy! and he's got himself an amazing women! i agree with him... you are the best!

  10. I've been telling you "You're the Best" since you were a baby!
    Love, your Dad

  11. Bryce isn't too bad either!!!!!!