Mother’s Day is around the corner, and to help my family alleviate any stress and sleepless nights they may have lying awake, racking their heads trying to figure out how to make this Mother’s Day simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E, I decided to put together a simple list of things my family can do that would bring me joy, possibly even tears of joy, this Mother’s Day.
Remember the days when you slept in? Neither do I, which is why I would love nothing more than a quiet night of sweet dreams-inducing sleep with no morning interruptions. Bonus if I wake up when my body clock tells me and not before I hear Pat’s annoying voice from the Minecraft videos creeping from somewhere down the hallway.
I haven’t found it yet, but I’m certain there’s an unwritten rule somewhere that says siblings must disagree on most everything on a daily basis. Usually about important things too such as the disparity of mac-n-cheese amounts in each dinner bowl, or whose turn it is to turn off the gaming console. So, in addition to quiet (see above), I would love Peace with a capital P. No whines, shoulder shrugs, eye rolls, loud sighs, silent sulks…if that’s not possible, then go tell Dad. He’s the referee today!
In the manner of Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything, I don’t want to make dinner, think about making dinner, buy anything for dinner or shop for anything that may be used for dinner. You know, as far as dinner is concerned, I don’t want to do dinner. Take out, reservations, even leftovers would be a. ok, but even the word ‘dinner’ puts me over the edge. Or we can just skip dinner and head straight to dessert, but yes kids, it will involve dark chocolate.
There’s a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes to keep this family train on its tracks. A LOT. While I don’t expect my kids to understand the intricacies, it’s nice to feel acknowledged and appreciated, even if most days I feel like I’m just winging it. A thank you, a high-five, a fist bump, really any form of gratitude (I’m not picky here) would be so ‘lit’ and truly make my day.
Who knew that moving items from one area to another is a big part of motherhood? The daily grind of staring at, picking up, throwing out and relocating of legos, socks, day old pajamas, Pokémon cards, half-scrawled pieces of paper, candy wrappers and various ‘collections’ of stuff can take a heavy toll on one’s own mental house cleaning. Another ‘gifty’ item that I have to find a place for in our house, may make me have a full-fledged Kon Mari meltdown.
A homemade card, a coupon book filled with sweet stuff to do together (trip to the ice cream store anyone?), a surprise picnic in the park, a kind word of appreciation, a hug – these are gifts that I really want and will keep me going all year-long.
Happy Mother’s Day Mamas! What do you really want this Mother’s Day?