If You Give a Mom a Blue Ikea Bag

WE Love IKEA bags

If you give a mom a blue Ikea bag, she will want to see how much it can hold

So, you’ll let her into your room to look at what you’ve pulled out for college

But the piles of stuff covering the floor will stop her short

So, she’ll start organizing your stuff

She will ask you for an explanation about the wrappers everywhere

And when you give her one, she’ll start counting the cups on every surface

Then the souvenir baseball cup will remind her of your last family outing

And she’ll get wistful about your departure

So, she’ll settle herself with the business of organizing t-shirts

While sorting shirts she’ll find your old t-ball uniform and hold it up

She’ll spy another camp shirt and think, “I should do something special with those”

So, she’ll grab her phone and ask her mom’s group for the name of that quilt company that everyone has been using

While on the phone, she’ll read a beautiful post about the empty nest

So, she’ll send it to five of her newly empty-nester friends

Then she won’t be able to get that post out of her mind and she’ll get wistful again

So, she’ll busy herself by placing things into the bag

Once she starts filling the bag, she’ll note how empty that room will soon be

When the bags are zippered and stacked in the car

So, she’ll pick her way to the desk and unearth a pen and scrap of paper

She’ll hastily write all the things that she would like to say, but knows she won’t be able to utter

When the time comes for goodbyes and new beginnings

So, she’ll tuck those notes into the fold of your favorite shirt and gently pat it flat

Because if you give a mom a blue Ikea bag

Chances are she’ll want to fill it with love.


Now, the Grown and Flown book is available for pre-order (with gift until Sept 3.)

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Maureen Stiles writes at her blog, Magnificence in the Mundane, where she chronicles the beauty within the chaos of raising three boys and a dog with her husband, given that the dog is the only one that really understands her. You can also follow Maureen on Facebook and Twitter.


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