I am a mom. Every day. I cook, I clean (sort of), I make sure the kids are clean. I help with homework, I provide a taxi service. I enforce the rules, I answer questions, I play. I argue, I set guidelines, I throw up my hands in frustration. I cheer, I support, I am their biggest fan. I worry, I fret, I love. I would lay down my life for these three kids. I wouldn't change any of this. I chose it and I would do it again in a New York minute. In the future, when they are grown and gone, I will still be a mom. Every day.
What does it mean to celebrate Mother's Day? I guess it is different for everyone, but I would like to make a suggestion to Hallmark to rename the holiday. I would like it to be Un-Mother's Day. One day a year when I rest. Really rest. Give up the worry and the work (but never the love!) and do my own thing, on my own terms and on my own schedule. For me, that means no schedule, nowhere to be at a set time, no cooking, no cleaning, no work. If I decide to go somewhere, I just hop in the car and go. If I decide to lay in bed all day, I do. If I decide to join my husband and kids outside or for a bike ride, so be it.
My husband and kids are good at allowing this to happen (and honestly, it happens more than once a year!). Now if I can just let other's know this is what I want for Mother's Day...until then, I will be a daughter and a mom on Mother's Day.
Happy Un-Mother's Day everyone! May you get to do what YOU want to do today.
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