All I want for Mother’s Day

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.

Mom and candy 1977 edit

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away… Me & my mom.

Comments

  1. Mrs. Amen says:

    No, the laundry will not wash itself. I don’t want a gel/foam mat to stand on at the kitchen sink. Really. I don’t want one. I am not sure upset I should be that my husband actually suggested it and meant it. I’m KIDDING! (No, I’m not, I know exactly how upset to be.)

  2. I would love the no bickering and no watching something on TV they have seen 5,439 times and for someone to do all the things I normally do like cooking dinner and loading the dishwasher without asking me what I want or where that bowl is supposed to go. That’s what I want.

    • Or *someone* standing at the pantry and asking you — while you are in another room, “What can I give the kids for snack?” :0/ Not that that ever happens at my house…

  3. I think you know which one is Dopey.

  4. No talking back and I’m not kidding either — HEAVEN. I’d take it any day of the year. And doing what I asked the first time instead of the fifth.
    Ahhhhh.

    • YES. I don’t *want* to sound like a broken record. But what choice do I have? I regularly ask my children if we need to go see the doctor to get their ears checked.

  5. If I could never want chocolate again that would be the perfect Mother’s Day present! And also the laundry that washes itself. And the hugs 🙂

    • You got me there, Ariel. I am a sucker for the hugs. I’ll drop everything for a spontaneous one. 🙂

  6. Ginney M. says:

    I’m hoping to just enjoy having my 3 under one roof. That’s such a blessing when they start the whole college thing!!

  7. Love this. I may actually be getting a new gadget (time for a phone upgrade) and I’d ask for Tom Welling (from Smallville) rather than JT (and would sooo not be kidding), but still love this. Counting on it being a day of peace (and an extra long nap).

  8. Thanks for the honesty about Mother’s Day! Yeah, I don’t particularly want any appliances, either. Or books. (And I just splurged on a manicure for myself–because I wanted to look nice for a meeting today, frankly.) But the idea of no talking back and no arguing sound pretty good! Here’s hoping both of our Mother’s Day celebrations are wonderful. (with no talking back–from anyone!)

    I’m working on Sunday! Pretty much every Sunday, now. As interim pastor, I’ll be preaching the Mother’s Day sermon. I hope my sermon on John 10:3-5 and Psalm 23 hits the spot. I pray so. Blessings to us both! @chaplaineliza

    • Thanks for stopping by! How wonderful that you get to give a heartfelt message to your congregation on day when their own hearts will be more sensitive to it than usual. I’m sure it will be great!

  9. I told David that I wanted to do NOTHING. So, he says “I know! I’ll cook something!” And, I said “NO!!!!!” I don’t want you in my kitchen. I don’t want your mother here half the afternoon! I don’t want you to “clean”, or do anything else that will cause me to have to get up to make sure you’re doing it correctly (control freak).

    I just want to do NOTHING!

    And I don’t want anyone to mess that up. (although, yes, I’m very thankful for all the little tykes)

    Just give me one day without using my brain! (them using it, not me)

    Happy Mother’s day my friend!

    • Happy Mother’s Day to you! I know… I get scared when anyone messes with my kitchen. And I’m not even a cook.