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Heather O’Connor is a 3L. After a seven year marriage and three kids, Heather went through a divorce that left her questioning what to do with her life. She decided to become an attorney and has never looked back since beginning the long journey. She entered a local community college after...

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A Law Student's Mother's Day Gift

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 05/05/2010 at 08:44 AM

Well, that dreaded time of the semester (finals) has come once again.  This is off topic for this entry, but I hate finals.  I'll write more on why another time, and will just summarize by stating finals are a law student's living hell.  It's a time of constant studying, stress, and feeling like you're drowning.  Having three kids to take care of on top of studying for six finals is, ohhh . . . a little challenging. With that said . . .

My oldest son, TJ, came home from school yesterday and told me they were discussing Mother's Day in his class.  He said his teacher told him that even though you should let your Mom know you love her every day, Mother's Day is a day where you should be extra thoughtful.  TJ said his teacher told the class to think not only about what their mothers would want on Mother's Day, but what they need as well. 

Last night, as we were sitting around the dinner table, the subject of Mother's Day came up once again.  My daughter asked if my ex-husband and I were switching weekends since Mother's Day was this weekend.  I told her as much as I'd love to, this is finals crunchtime and I need all the time I can to study - that I feel like Mother's Day can be any day you want it to be, not just when they tell you it is.  TJ got all excited and shouted, "Mom!  I got it!  I got it!"  Then he asked if he could go across the street to the store before I could even ask what it was that he got.

He went upstairs and I could hear him pouring change out of his piggy bank.  Then he came downstairs and told me I couldn't watch him from the porch.  (We live on a busy street, so I usually watch him cross when he goes across the street from my lookout position on the balcony.)  We agreed to let Jenna watch instead and TJ ran out the door. 

Five minutes later he walked in with the biggest and proudest smile on his handsome little face.  He walked up to me and said, "Mom.  I know what you want and I know what you need.  I got you your Mother's Day present now since we'll be with Dad on Sunday."

And out of the small plastic bag, he pulled out a can of RockStar Energy Drink.

He grinned from ear to ear as he explained, "You always say you're tired, and you're always studying for finals which makes you more tired.  So you want energy and you need energy.  So I got you energy!"

My kids are the greatest.  It really is just what I need.