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What I want for Mother’s Day

Uploaded: May 10, 2019
This week I’ve seen a lot of articles about what mother’s really want for Mother’s Day. Some say that moms want a day off. A day to go to the spa or an hour getting a massage.

Some articles say that moms want handmade gifts from their kids expressing their love. Our two older kids brought surprise gifts home from school for me to open this weekend.

Other articles talk about mom’s wanting a family outing to a restaurant, beach, or museum. While I love day-trips with our family, these outings can take a lot of preparation and an overtired toddler can quickly cut the day short.

For me, I just want some time on Mother’s Day to simply be a mom. I don’t want to do the invisible work that parents must do to keep a family functioning. I don’t want to do laundry, wash dishes or cook. I don’t want to make a list of all the groceries we need to buy or think about how to coordinate all of the end of the school year activities.

I want a day where I can simply say “yes” when my son asks me to read with him. I want to say “yes” when our daughter asks to bake cookies. And I want to say “yes” when our toddler asks to blow bubbles. All of the chores are going to wait until Monday.

Every year life gets busier and busier. I want one day where I can really focus on slowing down and really take life in. I want to truly see each of our kids at the stage that they are at right now. And I want to remember this Mother’s Day for years to come. The good and the bad.

Some days just fly by. I’m spending more and more of my time driving everyone to various activities. More time cleaning and cooking. And less time playing with our kids on the floor. This Mother’s Day I want a day I can remember just being a mother without all of the other chores that go along with it.
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