Every May, the airwaves are bombarded with commercials telling us to “buy this for mom” or “do this for mom.” And the suggestions are flat-out ridiculous. Flowers? They die (plus, Mom is always responsible for getting out a vase and cutting the stems down). Breakfast in bed? Um, I like to eat at a table, like a civilized person, thank you. Jewelry? Are you kidding? One more thing for the baby to grab.
So I’ve come up with a list of things that I would rather have for Mother’s Day.
Don’t worry, Hubby. You can totally do this.
Tea in Bed
Allow me to elaborate.
I don’t need French toast, OJ, or a rose in a vase. I don’t even want a tray. I just want you (our baby’s Daddy) to get up at 6:30 and go downstairs to let the dog out. I want you to put the kettle on for a cup of black currant tea. I want you to get the baby at 7 and feed her breakfast (Cheerios and mandarin oranges are fine, don’t strain yourself). I want to be the one who lounges in bed until 7:30 or 8 (or 10).
No demands. No crying. Just me and my Benedict Cumberbatch mug.
To not cook dinner
Or breakfast, for that matter. Or lunch. And I would like Hubby to cook so we don’t have to fight the crowds. And when I say “cook,” I mean “do what I do every night.” Plan entrees and sides. Shop for ingredients. Cook it all while I play with the baby. I don’t want to lift a finger.
I rarely get two consecutive hours to do whatever I want, and most movies these days are even longer than that. (Seriously, when did movies get so long?)
Psst…I haven’t seen The Revenant yet.
I haven’t had a night off in a while. I could use a little time (even an hour or two) by myself. No, I don’t want to squeeze this into naptime while you work upstairs or watch the Yankees. I want to leave the house and get a chai latte. Or I want you to take the baby out of the house for an hour (and come back with a chai latte). Every mom deserves some time where we’re not on “high alert” and listening for crying.
And last, but not least…
Don’t ask me to justify spending $250 on a teapot. The heart wants what it wants.
What do you really want for Mother’s Day this year? A bath by yourself? The last cookie? An adult coloring book? Comment below with the #1 thing on your wish list!