Sunday’s paper was filled with all sorts of advertisements spotlighting the best Mother’s Day Gifts. For the photography buff, a camera! Music Lover? An iPod! Purses! Perfumes! Digital Photo Frames! Jewelry!
As lovely as all of these gifts are, and they truly are wonderful things, I don’t think that these are what many mothers of young children truly want. The gift that we do want? Hint: It’s completely free!
What we want is a day off, a true day off. Not a day off that has to be prepared for days in advance, complete with schedules and instructions, lists and pre-made casseroles so everyone survives. Not a day that will mean more work later, putting everything back where it belongs and catching up on the dishes and laundry.
A day where someone else is the decision maker, schedule maker, naptime enforcer, bad guy, and the nag.
A day where someone else remembers to buy the wedding gift for an unknown co-worker, the birthday gifts for a two-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl, and five-year-old boy/girl twins, to mail the check, to call about the insurance, to make the kid’s doctors appointments.
This day off should be given without a hint of irritation. It should be given selflessly and without expectation for repayment or thanks.
That’s all I want. Just one day off.
What do YOU want for Mother’s Day?
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