Today is Mother’s Day in the US and in many other countries around the world. I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing women doing the hardest but most rewarding job on Earth!
It’s funny, when my children were small the only thing I ever asked for on Mother’s Day was for just a few hours, not even the whole day, but just a few hours – I didn’t want to be a Mother. That’s all I wanted.
Don’t be mistaken – I love being a mother – I just didn’t want to have to act like a mother for a few hours on the second Sunday in May.
I didn’t want breakfast in bed – I just didn’t want to have to worry about putting together a healthy meal for everyone else and hope that they would eat it.
I didn’t want gifts – I just wanted one day where I didn’t have to worry choosing and figuring out how to pay for gifts for anybody.
I didn’t want someone else to do all the household chores – I just didn’t want to do them or worry about if they were being done.
I just wanted some peace and quiet. No cooking, no cleaning, no runny noses, no diapers, no intervening in siblings squabbling, no tending to minor scrapes, no needing to make any decisions about anything. I wanted absolutely NOTHING for Mother’s Day. My ex husband is an excellent father and he would do his best to indulge me on my Mother’s day. The family was perfectly safe and sound without me thinking I NEEDED to do anything for a day. Of course I would participate in any special meals they had planned for me. I squealed with delight at the cards or gifts that they did give to me in spite of my request not to. I didn’t remove myself from the family for the day. I just wanted to give myself permission for one day, just one day, to not worry, debate, decide, redirect, intervene, provide, nourish, protect, clean, and all of the other hard or tedious parts of being a mother. I wanted to just enjoy all of the fluffy parts – the giggles, the hugs, the conversations, the good baby smells, the lovely artwork. The good stuff.
Now my children are all grown. My youngest will be graduating high school in a few weeks. They don’t need me to care for them. I don’t need to do all of the hard or tedious parts of being a mother.
But that’s what I want for Mother’s Day now! For just a few hours, for one day, just one day – I want them to need me.
So, to celebrate Mother’s Day today I woke up a little before 5:00 AM and put together a French Toast Bake and a Breakfast Casserole.
I am wrapping it up and bringing it over to my son’s along with the hubby and youngest daughter.
I am going to feed my kids – that’s all I want.
I want to have a nice chat with my oldest daughter Aimee later this evening – she lives a little over 4 hours away.
And that is all I want!
I hope that everyone is either showering their mother’s with love and gifts or are being showered with love and gifts if you are a mother. I hope that everyone will take a moment to remember their mothers.
Thank you for reading!