I have been a mom for 8 years. I have had a mom for 37 years. And still I’m not sure what constitutes a really great Mother’s Day.
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When I was a kid my dad would take us to find a gift for Mom. Often it would be the next instalment in the For Better Or For Worse comic series. I loved getting her those books and I would often try to read them before Mom even got her hands on them. She loved them too – I think she has the entire collection now.
I don’t have a “thing” that I love or collect. I’m old enough now to know that I really don’t want a bunch of kitschy knick-knack things to collect dust in my home. And I love my kids to death, but I don’t love the unending art that comes home from school and after-school care, and wherever else there are paper and crayons. Yes, the hand prints in clay or cement are lovely. I have some on my wall. But how many handprint cards can one mom collect over the years?
Here are some things I would really like for Mother’s Day.
- A day to do literally nothing. No laundry, no dishes, no parenting, nothing. Even no blogging, although that’s hard for me. Blogging is what I love to do when I’m home alone!
- Something indulgent. New, fancy bubble bath, some delicious carb-full treats, a lovely bottle of wine, or a new book from an author I love.
- Plants for my gardens. Some pretty annuals I can use to fill up my front flower gardens. But let me plant them – I love getting in the dirt and creating something beautiful!
- A maid. Okay, not really – we have way too much clutter and “stuff” for a maid to be plausible. But someone else to do all the dishes and the sweeping and the tidying up that I do routinely in a day.
- A meal out with the family that actually goes smoothly. No crying that “I don’t want anything!” or “I’m too tired!” I’d love to just order what I want without worry about anyone else. I love spending time with my family, but eating out really tries my patience.
I’m sure there are a lot of other things I would love to get, or do, for Mother’s Day. Kids crafts and hand-made cards make me cry every time. I love love love getting the beautiful gifts my kids make. And I’m not ashamed to say I don’t keep them all. They go on display for a month or so, and then (unless they are super spectacular) they go into the recycling. Such is the circle of mom life.
What are you hoping to get for Mother’s Day this year? Do you keep all your kiddos hand-made gifts and cards? And what about your mom – I need some great ideas for my own mom! Share any thoughts with me in the comments.