Mother’s Day is Sunday. I’m not entirely sure why this holiday was created.
The expectations are complicated on this particular day. The family feels like they need to do extra-special and super-wonderful things for the mama. The mama? Really just wants no fighting. Maybe some wine and a nap. Or time to read and call her own mom, for whom she didn’t get a gift because she ran out of time. (Sorry, Mom.)
But just taking the day completely off can be weird and there will likely be repercussions. I mean, that laundry isn’t going to wash itself (is it? because THAT would be the perfect gift).
All I really want for Mother’s Day? I don’t know. It’s hard to say I want anything. After many health challenges, I was able to grow two children in my body and give birth to them. I get to be the primary caregiver for my kids and they are healthy and they are safe. I have so much more than I ever expected when it comes to mom-related things. So… What do I really want for Mother’s Day? Let’s start with what I don’t want:
- I don’t want a manicure or a pedicure. I don’t find them enjoyable. I just think about germs the whole time.
- I don’t want an appliance. I really have to be The Decider on that type of purchase.
- I don’t want a device of any sort. I have more iThings than I know what to do with.
- I don’t want chocolate. Really I do, but I don’t want to want it.
- I don’t want flowers. Everybody in my house is sneezy and itchy these days. I’m pretty sure we have a dopey one, too. It’s possible I’m Snow White.
- I don’t want a book. I’m reading at least five right now. Don’t judge me.
So. What do I want? Would it be inappropriate to ask for Justin Timberlake? He just looks like he smells so nice… RELAX. I’m kidding. (I’m not kidding.)
OK. SO. WHAT do I want…
I want: No crying. No talking back. No arguing. And I’d like my kids to do those things, too. I’m KIDDING. (I’m not kidding.)
Hmm. Maybe this is a “no gifts” year.
Happy Mother’s Day. Hug ’em if you’ve got ’em.