Monday, May 15, 2006

Mother's Day - Fact or Fiction?

Is it wrong to say I don't enjoy Mother's Day?

Since becoming a mother seven years ago, I've yet to have a really great Mother's Day. For my first four years we went to see my mother-in-law, where Hubby spent the day visiting with her while I tried to keep the kids from breaking any and all of the various knick knacks that grace her lovely, yet non-kid friendly, home and keep the noise level below 10 decibals.

The next year I put my foot down and said, "Hey, I'm a mom, too! I'm going to do what I want to do!"

You can stop laughing now. I was pretty naive then.

What's even funnier is that I always have somewhat high hopes for each year. I'm not expecting a Caribbean cruise or a diamond tiara (I'm a simple girl...my rhinestone one works just fine), but a card, or even a feather duster would be great. And would it kill you to say "thanks"? After the Mother's Day Eve I had, I figured anything would be fantabulous. But when I find our egg carton garden overturned in the kitchen (after folding five loads of laundry), with dirt all over the place, my dear, sweet husband graciously said, "Don't worry about it...until tomorrow."

Thanks, Hon.

My children did make me a sweet magnet with their pictures in the center at church. They have a perfectly lovely teacher. She thinks of everything! Not to mention how she is drop dead gorgeous, smart, funny, talented...

In case you haven't figured it out, that would be me.

So I didn't even have a sweet little surprise homemade gift from the children, because I helped them make it.

A very dear friend got a yucky stomach virus for Mother's Day. I was so glad to get to talk to her tonight and find she is much better. I was busy giving her sympathy as she divulged all the gory details. "I was wiped out!" she said. "My kids asked me, 'Mommy, why did you sleep for two days?' "

Excuse me? You slept for two days??!! Your Mother's Day rocked!!!

Sigh.

In all fairness, my Hubby did work a double on Saturday, so last minute shopping wasn't possible. And he did say I was hot. And he and some other men from church kept all the kids so the mommies could go have dinner together Sunday evening. It was two glorious hours for which I am eternally grateful.

Next year, I'm going to do what I want to do...all day.

Stop laughing.

15 comments:

Heth said...

I swear, the more of your blog I read, the more I am convinced that we are twins seperated at birth.

I'm SO with ya.

carrie said...

Sleep for two days?? I would be in heaven! I don't think we get to truly enjoy Mother's Day without guilt until we are the oldest Moms in the family (Great Grandmothers - eeek!)

janjanmom said...

I took a nap Mother's Day afternoon and it was my absolute best present. My husband stayed up doing laundry! WOW!

Denise W. said...

Mother's Day has been so built up to be prefect. Last year I was sooo disappointed that this year I let it go. The best part of the day was my UNINTERRUPTED nap. Ok, the Sangria at Johnny Carinos was wonderful, too.

In contrast, I got too many cute pictures of my kids in flowers and nowhere to put them.

Michelle- This One's For The Girls said...

You're hot! What more could you want??? ;)

Andreia said...

Okay, Im with you here. I spent Mother's Day at a restuarant that my parents love. The service is notoriously horrible. It takes us over an hour to get there and you know what it is like to have kids hungry. The restaurant did NOT, yes, I said NOT have a kids menu on Mother's Day. Still dont get it!


Anyway, I just wanted to have quiet time with my family. I guess carriebrett has it right. We have to wait till we are 80 for that!

jjofar said...

the best mother's day gift ever came from this semi-scary man collecting money outside of wal-mart. he told my 4 year old to never forget...every day is mother's day. my son's eyes were like dinner plates, and he hasn't forgotten that yet! thank you scary guy!!!

holly said...

Found a new tip today that you might try next year. Go to ericswife.blogspot.com then click on her mother's day post. It's very funny.

Chris Nystrom said...

Well at least you are hot. That is the main thing. Thing of all of us poor not so hot people.

Andreia said...

Chris is crackin me up.

Mel said...

You go, girl!

Kyle said...

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LiteratureLover said...

I am thinking that next year we plan a Women's retreat to Branson!

And as far as sleeping for two days, what's a little violent hurling if you can lay in bed? You're right, my Mother's Day must have been incredible but I don't remember it because the suppositories knocked me out. Sigh.

jesprincess said...

I like the sound of the retreat to Branson! What is Father's Day like around your houses? Just curious.

jessica said...

How funny it is that most of the Mother's Day blogs I read are from Mom's who just need a break! I say next year we all rent hotel rooms and hide out...