Today’s topic is: “What is your favorite Mother’s Day gift, craft, or recipe?”
I’ve only been a mom for three Mother’s Days so far which means my experience is pretty limited. However, I think if you asked moms what they really want for their special day, the answers would depend on how old their children are.
On my first Mother’s Day (2013), my baby was only five months old and I wanted nothing more than to spend time holding her and watching her make funny faces. By 2014, I had a 17-month-old and a two-month-old and all I wanted was a full night of sleep. Last year, I had a few hours of peace while the girls had a playdate with their cousins and they brought home this adorable framed LOVE poster. (Oops, the inscription on the back says it was for Valentine’s Day, but I’m pretty sure my children still loved me three months later.)
My little girls are getting older (3 and 2) and are beginning to play together without as much immediate supervision. But that independence also means they are constantly testing the limits (and my patience). So if I could manage it, for Mother’s Day this year, I’d really love a day off! Just one day where I could be selfish again. I can only imagine what it would be like to sleep whenever and eat whatever I want. I have fading memories of the days when I could take a shower or read a book without being interrupted. To be allowed to be selfish again pretty much sounds like heaven to me.
But I suppose if I asked a more seasoned mother, like one whose children are about to leave for college, they would probably want to spend more time with their children.
I don’t wish for my children to grow up faster. I love this stage, even with its challenges. But even a super-mama needs a day of rest once a year.
Share your favorite Mother’s Day gift in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook