"Love follows knowledge."
"Beauty above all beauty!"
– St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, May 13, 2013

Matthew Monday: A Scooby Doo Mother's Day

When I woke up on Mother's Day Sunday morning and got dressed to take the dog out for a walk, with my wife still asleep, Matthew walked into the bedroom.  "Shhsh," I told him.  "Don't wake up mommy."  We walked downstairs with Brandi (our yellow Lab) trailing behind, urging me in her way to get out of the house.  I told Matthew to get into bed and wait until I got back. 

"But," I said, "if mommy wakes up, make sure you wish her a happy Mother's Day." 

"Happy Mother's day?" 

"Yes, Happy Mother's Day.  Let me hear you say it, 'Happy Mother's Day'"

"Happy Mother's Day."

"Good.  Now get back into bed and wait for mommy."

I was out with Brandi for a good forty, forty-five minutes.  I like to give the dog a good walk on the weekends, take her to a field and let her fetch a tennis ball.  I didn't know what to expect when I got back.  The night before Matthew had been sassy talking back to mommy, and so mommy had yelled at him and might have been still sore at him. 

When I walked into the house, there was mommy and Matthew on the couch, cuddled together, looking at something on Mommy's laptop.  It could have been a Madonna and child picture moment.  There were sounds of a cartoonish nature coming from the laptop.  Both were quiet, and I could see mommy was enjoying the cuddle.

"What are you watching?" I asked.

Matthew lifted one of his arms that was hugging mommy and pointed to the screen.  "Scooby Doo!"

I didn't even know Matthew was aware of Scooby Doo. 

Mommy then looked up.  "He wished me a happy Mother's Day as soon as I woke up," she said proudly.  She squeezed a hug.  I could see she treated him to Youtube cartoons on her laptop because of it.  I guess I hit it right with my conversation with Matthew before I left the house.

"Who's that?"  Mommy asked Matthew.

"Shaggy and Scooby Doo!"  Matthew responded.


  1. It sounds as though Mrs. Manny had a great Mother's Day.

    Hope your Mom is doing well also and that she enjoyed her time with Matthew.

    1. Thank you for asking about my mother. We had a visit with the orthopedist for her finger this morning. It's a slow recovery. Doctor doesn't think she'll get full movement but perhaps with enough therapy they may get the pinkie to reach the palm, though it's doubtful it will ever bend to a full fist position. He said she could have another operation (the first operation did straighten the finger) but no gurentee it will help and it might make it worse. But given it's not hurting much and it's not preventing her from any chores or activities, there really isn't much of a need to fully correct. So it's continue with the therapy. Other than that, she's doing well.

    2. From what you have posted about your Mom in the past, it sounds as though as long as she can continue to do the things she loves, she will be satisfied.

      She must be quite a trooper!

  2. Aw, precious! Hope your wife and Mom both had a lovely day :)