For my mother it’s the song “Pomp and Circumstance.” She could hear the hopeful notes being played as far away from a graduation ceremony as could possibly be (think Musak in the elevator), and she’ll still find herself welling up, imagining polyester gowns, squared-off caps and optimistic speeches that take too long.
Tears of joy — a phenomena that you’ll (hopefully) experience a lot as a parent. And the thing about crying happy tears is that you never know what will set you off. Maybe it’s a sweet homemade card or one of your kids doing something uncharacteristically nice for their siblings.
Whatever it is, despite you tears, you feel good inside and you are once again reminded how lucky you are to be a parent.
So in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday we’re sharing our favorite ways our little ones bring tears to our eyes. Pass the tissues!
- First steps
- Preschool graduation ceremonies where they sing songs you wouldn’t expect — ask Suzanne about “I Believe I Can Fly”
- Dance recitals
- Watching a child sleep
- Solos at the school band concert
- School-sponsored Mother’s Day teas, complete with crumbly homemade cookies and watered-down juice
- Watching your little athlete be handed the game ball
- Thinking back to the delivery room
- The Song “Five Days Old” by the Laurie Berkner Band (gets Amanda every time)
- When they brush my hair
- The last day of school (and camp) goodbyes with friends
- Pictures of my children giggling and playing, full of love
- The special moments when you see siblings really connect (and dare we say, adore each other)
What about you? What makes you cry happy tears?