I usually spend Mother’s Day surrounded by my family, because they are the main reason I observe the holiday in the first place. While some mothers like to relax and recharge without their brood on this special day, I prefer to be close to my sweeties, and my own mom, celebrating the toughest and most wonderful job in the world – motherhood! There are plenty of other days for “me” time.
When my family asks me what I want on Mother’s Day, I tell them to start with these basics. . .
Let’s be honest, moms can always use a little more sleep, so let us catch some extra Zs on Mother’s Day with a morning sleep-in, afternoon snooze in the hammock, or short nap on the couch in the evening. We’ll take it any way we can get it, even if it’s just “resting our eyes” like Dad always does!
A CLEAN HOUSE!
We don’t want to lift a finger on Mother’s Day. Yes, you heard right. No unloading of dishwashers, folding of clothing, or wiping up stray crumbs for us, please. We want a day completely free of cleaning.
HOMEMADE CARDS & GIFTS!
The most precious things we receive are usually the homemade cards and gifts made by our offspring. The sweet poems, handprints and portraits of mom work every time – so don’t waste money on fancy greeting cards and knickknacks. Original prose penned by Dad is also swoon-worthy.
Stock the fridge with a bunch of Mom’s favourite eats and she will be grinning from ear to ear. Think fresh, seasonal fruit from the farmers’ market, sweet treats from a local bakery, veggies harvested from your own garden, and whatever else she loves to nosh on. Making a meal for her with said foods will definitely give you extra points.
It doesn’t need to be a spa day, because Mom loves any type of pampering – from a long and lingering soak in the tub to reading on a chaise lounge in the sun with her feet up. Enlist the help of the kids to dole out foot rubs and neck massages and maybe to fetch tea and biscuits for Mommy dearest.
This is a tough one, we know, but mothers really need a break from the hooting, hollering and occasional squabbling that goes on every day. Mother’s Day should be a peaceful time, filled with birdsong and your best library voices. And if that’s pushing it, try simply for no hooting, hollering and squabbling.
Happy Mother’s Day!