Ok, I’m going to cut right to the chase here. Mother’s Day is this Sunday and in predictable social media fashion we cue all the Mother’s Day posts and blogs about what to get us.
“Buy Mum this.”
“Take Mum here she will love it!”
You know what, as much as I’d love that shiny new Prada bag I saw at the shops the other day (OMG!!), what I really want won’t cost you 3 mortgage repayments! You can even genuinely forget about Mother’s Day and still have enough time to get these presents sorted!
What I want for Mother’s Day actually won’t cost you a thing! I want what I know I am not going to get any other day of the year. I want what I can only morally ask for on Mother’s Day. Want to know what it is? Grab a pen, cos you’re going to want these too!
Forget the hampers. Forget the flowers. This is what Mums REALLY want for Mother’s Day!
1. A sleep in.
Because for once I want to be able to wake up when I’m ready. Get up when I am ready. And actually feel like a human being who has had more than 4 hours sleep for a day.
2. Breakfast in bed.
Because it means I didn’t have to get up and make said breakfast! I couldn’t care less if it is buttered toast, I didn’t make it so it’s a win.
3. Peace and Quiet.
Instead of that Mother’s Day lunch you were planning. You know the one where you have 30 people over at your house and you have to spend the day cooking. You know what, I don’t actually want to do it. How about everyone goes out for a nice picnic somewhere and I’ll stay home and have a sandwich and HOT cup of coffee in front of the TV. Because I’m sure I don’t know what any of that feels like.
4. The name “MUM” is taboo.
For a day calling me “Mum” is banned. I love my kids and I love being a Mum, but I am sure I can go one day without hearing “MMUUUUUUUMMMM!!” screamed at the top of someone’s voice. Call me “Chelsea”, “hey you” or almost anything else, but let me have a mental break from the M-word for a day.
5. No washing, cleaning or cooking.
If it’s dirty find something else to wear. If you use a plate then wash it, the detergent is in the cupboard under the sink. You’re hungry, the phone number for the local pizza joint is on the fridge or there is an apple in the fruit bowl. A day off from cooking, cleaning and washing really can happen if everyone is dedicated (I’ll get back to you on this theory, I’m having doubts myself!)
6. Daddy Day Care.
I look after the kids on Father’s Day (and almost every other day) so one day a year isn’t too much to ask for is it? I’ll even fund the trip to the cinema.
7. A handmade card.
Because nothing says Happy Mother’s Day more than an handmade card from the ones I love the most!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the gifts and if you want to get me said Prada bag I’m sure I won’t complain. But, I can get that any time of year… say Christmas morning 😉
With all that said and done, it’s all a bit of fun and Mother’s Day is a great day to show appreciation and love for the person who keeps it all together. Even if she isn’t. It’s when us Mums can show our love for the Mums before us who have paved the way.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mums who do a stellar job day in day out. You are all true champions and your families love you to bits. And if that list says anything, it says our families would be a mess without us! Here’s to us!