A few days ago my husband asked me what I would like for Mother’s Day. I thought about it for a few minutes. I couldn’t think of anything I needed or particularly wanted. I realized that I’m not the “modern mom” that has a need for a new piece of jewelry or even a gift on Mother’s Day. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like jewelry and presents. I have collected nice bling that reminds me of a special moment or a special person. But Mother’s Day doesn’t mean tangible gifts to me. To me, Mother’s Day is a day to make memories and celebrate family. A day to hit pause on our busy lives so we can laugh, play and love each other. It was then I knew what I wanted. Something that is intangible and something that no one could ever take away.
I decided on two things.
I want to sleep in. I know I am not the only mom that feels exhausted 95% of the time. Even on that rare occasion when I do sleep through the night, motherhood is just tiring. It is rewarding and fun, but wears us mothers out. I would love to escape the morning responsibilities and stay in bed guilt free -even if it’s just for 30 extra minutes.
The second thing I decided that I want is to take a day trip. Weather permitting, I’m hoping for a beach day. Maybe it’s the sudden warm weather that is upon us in New England, but I am craving the beach! I enjoy watching the kids play in the shallow waves and in the sand. Their laughter and squeals of joy make me grin ear to ear. The sound of happiness is just awesome. After we play, I hope to end up at a local restaurant eating delicious Lobster rolls and chatting about the flavor of ice cream we will get for dessert. (I’m pretty sure calories don’t count on Mother’s Day.) This is the ideal Mother’s Day for me -not presents or material things, but to be given an opportunity to create new memories and strengthen our family bond.