Give me a year for Mother’s Day!!!
CAUSE EVERYDAY SHOULD BE MOTHER’S DAY!!
This could have been the whole article with no more to say. But really, a lot does need to be said. It is something that ruffles my feathers. Who came up with the notion that we only get celebrated for one day.a year? In most households I know, all would collapse if it was not for us!
This is what I found when I googled the origin of Mother’s Day:
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
So really, not even the origin has anything to do with us mothers. It was about our children getting the day off to come and spend time with us. This made me laugh out loud!
So dear family, this Mother’s Day all I want is quiet and space to do whatever I want in my own house!! Does anyone else crave that since having children? It amuses me now that I am a mum how the little things have become the big things that really do matter the most. Like wanting to finish a hot drink that is not warmed up several times has become one of the most precious things in the world to me. Or being able to have a shower without an audience.
My day today, on mother’s day, did not turn out like this! But I felt loved. And appreciated. And cared for! My boys DID make an effort! The day itself was mixed up in the ironies of motherhood. My youngest was ill. He literally fell asleep and woke every 2 hours and back to sleep after 15 minutes. My husband and I took time looking after him and spending time with my eldest. We had a PJ day, which was probably much needed for everyone. It included TV shows, popcorn, lots of cuddles, Lego building, Wii games and time on FB when I was laying next to my young one watching him sleep.
I thought it was his exhaustion finally catching up with him over his birthday celebration all week. That is until I picked him to get him dressed after I dolled up for a family dinner, to only be thrown up on. In my hair, down my top and skirt, filling up my shoes with vomit. Poor baby! And then he apologizes and the look on his face was horror and relief as he felt much better! I was just taking it all in.. All this motherhood stuff! I did once play the “it’s mother’s day today” on my 7 year old so I got to watch a doco with him!
I am grateful that in my household, everyday is mother’s day! I do not wait until today to get spoilt. I get breakfast made by my husband most mornings. And dinners too. I am blessed with boys that tuck me into bed when I need it and give me back rubs when I need it. They look after me as I look after them. My values in this house are “we are family, we all look after each other.
For all the mothers out there, this is me giving you permission to make yourself feel special all of the time. To know that you matter! To know you are the best there is in your child’s life. To ask and be open to receive “special treatment” otherwise known as help when you need it. Do not wait until 1 day a year to be spoilt. Teach your children to do it for you throughout the year.
Whilst Hallmark, florists and commercialism has taken over what Mother’s Day is all about, nothing makes a mother happier than truly being appreciated for what she does. EVERYDAY! And no gift would ever be able to represent that..
Unless it’s a solo trip to my favourite destination 😉