Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Aliens Can Be Such A Nuisance



Yesterday I was the mother to a rocket ship captain. We rode through space on two green couch cushions. Occasionally we'd stop on some extra-terrestrial orbiting moon and the captain would kindly employ the lunar-landers. But only before he'd make me wear a space helmet (the gold shiny pillows off the red couch, perched on top of my head) before touching down. He's a thoughtful-and-safe guy, that captain.

He took me to Mars, which was bigger in real life as it turns out. It looked like a pizza without any toppings and produced a vibrating, ringing noise in its outer atmosphere. Then we flew back home and the captain asked me to put him to bed. Captains need their rest and after all I am his mommy.

He slept for .02 seconds, because you can't be bothered with REM when you're trying to save the galaxy.

After a few successful missions, I had to tell the captain to return me to my mothership (the kitchen) which was messy because we had aliens over for pancakes that morning. There was star goo (pancake batter) all over the place and someone had to wipe it up before it hatched an intergalactic species on the countertops. I just hate it when that happens.

After the captain retired from his post, and the kitchen was humming with saucer-washer sounds, we sat on the couch and watched the rain out our front window. Our view was busy with passerbys, people moving in the rain. We counted the umbrellas and called out colors,

"Blue 'rella!"

"Green 'rella!"

"Red 'rella!"

which was a fun game until the retired captain and I disagreed on what constitutes a true purple.

"Purple umbrella!"

"No Mom. Pink 'rella!"

Whatever.

(It's true: captains are headstrong.)

After dinner there was a shark in our living room. It chased me around trying to bite my rear end. I outwitted the beast when I turned on some jazz and the shark transformed into a dashing dancing partner. By the time he was ready for bed, and we had read his favorite Halloween book about the bat and the pumpkin, he was back to being a little boy, and I was his mom.

It didn't take long before he was out, which is good because unlike the rocket ship captain, this boy needed his sleep (and so did his mommy).

48 comments:

Karen said...

I think you just wrote your first children's book. Please have this illustrated and published. I would buy it and add it to my collection and give a copy to my children to read to their children. I loved it!

Anonymous said...

Aw! How sweet! Reminds me of my two sons long ago. Enjoy it now....they grow up way too fast!

Susan

Brian and Tonya said...

That is what being a mom is all about. :)

Katie C said...

Little boys are so much fun! I have a very spunky energetic 4 year old lil man and what you discribed is him to a T! But I don't get to spend as much time with him. I hate to admit that I have jealousy but I do. I would give just about anything to be a stay at home mom and spend the day saving the galaxy with my Mr. Magoo.

Anonymous said...

what a lucky little boy to have a mommy with such an incredible imagination.

sherrie said...

Silent reader here - big fan - had to comment bc I just wrote a similar post....moms of boys must often spend their days in "character" I guess. Exhausting fun right? Don't be jealous but I usually get to be Princess Leia.
PS - Since I'm actually commenting I'd like to commend you for not listening to the "haters" out there. You should ALWAYS write whatever you want...I love it.

Amelia said...

"saucer-washer"

You are a brilliant writer. Thank you!

Brianna said...

awww this was the cutest story ever... you should write children's books.. you are so good ;)

Ali said...

Absolutely delightful.

You write and speak many interesting things - many indeed - but this is the most delightful for a long time (d'apr├Ęs moi).

Judi said...

Boys are so...exhausting!! But ever so fun. I have 2 little boys.

Anonymous said...

What a great day you had...you are a good Mommy. :)

Anonymous said...

You are an awesome mom and it makes me feel bad sitting here reading your blog instead of playing with my kids :( I better quit reading and be a mom. Thanks for the reminder.

pam said...

Oh My Goodness is that the happiest face on the whole born world? Well yes, yes it is!!!

dmarie said...

sounds like a perfectly lovely day. hurray to you for celebrating it. and...that little chief is looking a LOT like his daddy in that photo. :)

Cheryl said...

SO cute! you should read Sarah's post on Clover Lane....mirrors your post perfectly!

http://memoriesoncloverlane.blogspot.com/2011/03/questions-to-ask-ourselves.html

Michemily said...

He is getting so big, and his hair has darkened. What a cutie!

Carrot Jello said...

Courtney, I realize that I am already married to "The Lower Lights", but I really want to marry your whole family.
I just watched Topher's lip syncs, and decided that he must be my brother right away!
If they'd agree, we could all move to Colorado city and be a big happy family!
Can anyone sew in your family? Because we'd need wear those pastel dresses so we didn't stand out so much.
Let me know a.s.a.p.

Tiffany Fackrell said...

It looks like Mars really does need Moms!!

Sarah said...

Motherhood, for the win! :)

Fresh Hell, Texas said...

Wow, he is almost all boy and no baby. It happens too fast!

ck said...

^^^

Totally didn't almost make me cry.

BensonFam said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed that post! Thanks for the fun and for reminding me to have more of it with my own little people.

Brittney said...

SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE

Bethany said...

Oh, you pulled me out of Lazy Reader mode with this one, and I had to say Hi! Very sweet cjane, sounds just like a toddler adventure. Have a great week...

Nikki said...

Love it... sounds like so much fun. They grow up so quick... cheerish these moments.

Angie (Drowns) Kelly said...

Little boys are always in another world and I love it! Having a little boy helped me understand Peter Pan so much better. There must really be a never-land somewhere....

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Children's book! Children's book! In ONE single blog post you had me visualizing all the amazing things that make children's stories become classics.
p.s. you are such a fun mom. :)

sherrie said...

Well I had no idea that b/c I commented here I'd have new people looking at my blog...are you Oprah or something?! HA. Anyway, if I'd realized that I would have worded my comment differently. I would have said, "I just posted about this same subject - but in a very boring, basic, non-creative way." Sorry to the cjane readers who were swayed my way b/c I carelessly said that, "I just wrote a similar post." Heaven knows I could never write something similar to Courtney! But thanks for visiting and commenting anyway! Funny.

ForeverRhonda said...

What an incredibly lovely day! It makes me miss my son being little.

Stormy said...

Kids are such an awesome excuse for grown ups to be silly again ... not that some of us need many exuses, but still! Cute story!

Laura said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Karen about publishing a children's book--great story!
Courtney, I've been an anonymous reader of yours for a looong time now, and it's time you knew...I'm hooked! Your writing and your spirit are absolutely beautiful, and you continue to inspire me as both a writer and a mother. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

That is a great picture of your son - you've captured such an exuberant expression.

- Michelle

Stephanie said...

Darling, just darling...especially that boy of yours! Make believe with little ones is the best!

samantha jane said...

Please Please Please turn that post into a children's book! It is perfect and with some illustrations it could be a bestseller!

Kell Bell said...

I. LOVED. THIS. POST reminded me of when I was little!

CareGiving Daughter said...

This is perfect. I agree with Karen, it is the perfect children's book--hurry now and get it published :)

--Mari

Molly said...

I agree with the other posters that said this is a children's book in the making. Hop to it! ;)

In other news...what the what?! When did The Chief go total big boy? Is Ever the only baby left?

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet post! I like these aliens way better :)

Dianna said...

My daughter used to call them all "rainbrellas". This post is a way better version of The Little Prince - yes, publish this as a children's book. My husband is a fantastic artist if you need an illustrator.

will and tiff said...

now, this is something to treasure. what a great testament to that little man's life to have ... always. loved it. and yes it inspires me to get my play on.

The crazy Shaw Family said...

Have you read the story "I love you Stinky-Face"? I think you and the Chief would love it, and it totally reminds me of you two. (and basically any mom and little boy! too cute)
And I concur with the other posters that want to see this in print! I would love it, and read it to my kiddos daily!

heather said...

So stinkin' funny :)

Jenny said...

Great post. But you forgot to add that between moments of great love and joy you experienced moments of great boredom. Don't forget to keep it real. That's why we love you!

Bindi said...

Your post made me smile. I love kids who have wonderful imaginations. Some friends think that my 5 and 8 year old are a little strange because they love to dress up and pretend still. But I hope that they are still doing it for years to come :)

Erin said...

love, love, love this post!!!

My Mr. Man (aka: Little Jones, Buddy, Baby, Gorgeous, and above all - Weston) is just a few months younger than your Chief. And so similar!

Thanks for sharing your Chief with us!

Teresa said...

Mom's have all the luck....they get to go on great big adventures.

Sweet post.
Thanks

Teachinfourth said...

You are such a great mom...

Seriously, if I were about a million years younger and didn't already have a mom, I'd want her to be you.

Rob and Kimmie said...

I officially love your blog! This was my first time reading, but ot wont be my last! I would buy a million copies of this story if it was a book!