Well, if you couldn't tell by looking at us, I am definitely my mother's daughter. (Side note for those who've never seen me and/or my mom - we look exactly alike. I mean EXACTLY. Except that she's 27 years older.) After tonight, I'm pretty sure I get my impatience about waiting for presents from her. I'm the kind of person who can't know someone bought me a present. As soon as you tell me you got me something, I get all giddy and start harassing you about it. Monday night, my mom told me she got me one of my shower gifts, but, of course, she wouldn't tell me what it was.
I stopped at her house tonight before heading over to the county fair for some delicious, greasy, fat and calorie-laden fair food, and while I was checking my e-mail, she brings me a big padded envelope and tells me to open it. Apparently, Ms. I'm-going-to-mercilessly-tease-you-with-presents just couldn't wait. So, I got my shower gift early. Yay!
She bought me a bunch of stuff from Passion Works, an art studio in Athens we found during Moms Weekend my freshman year of college. It's a studio for the mentally retarded. They work there designing some of the pieces, and then they make all of them. They have a lot of really cool stuff. My mom's been a multiple handicapped teacher for almost 25 years now, and she would love to see something like this in my hometown area for kids like hers. It's a sheltered work environment where they can go to work every day and make some money, even though they don't necessarily have the skills to work at a 9-5 job like you or I would.
I must admit that I hadn't thought about Passion Works much in the four years since I graduated, but the other night I found the bee ornament I bought there years ago, and thought it would be perfect for the baby's room, since I've sorta kinda settled on a nursery centered around this picture. Unfortunately for me, it doesn't look like they have the bee any more. But, I'll console myself with my super cute baby gear. I got a hat with their logo, a bib and a onesie with this design, and a onesie with the penguins (B loves penguins, so Mom got this one for him. He liked it). I'm super glad my mom is as impatient about waiting to give presents as I am about waiting to get them!