I absolutely love Mother’s Day. It’s a day I claim as a day all for me. I will do whatever I want on that day. I may do something special for me or I may do nothing—sleep in and watch movies all day if I want. I don’t want anyone to bother me I just want peace and quiet.
I do think our family’s should celebrate us. We do so much for them. I used to say I didn’t need or want gifts. But I do. I met a woman once who said she told her kids and nieces and nephews that she took care of for years that on Mother’s Day she expects a nice gift because she earned it and deserves it because of all she has done for them. After hearing that I stopped saying all I want is peace and quiet. Having said that I think all I may get is a phone call and text from my girls. They are strapped for cash. I understand. But when cash is no problem I expect an all expense paid vacation to a place of my choosing.
My own mother expected her children to celebrate her and we did. We gave her cards and gifts and I usually made her a dinner of her liking. She deserved all we could give.
Some of us may only get those handmade gifts that our kids make in school. Those are nice when they are little kids. But I can’t tell you where those things are. You know what I mean, a ceramic dish that they tell you is a bowl but really it resembles nothing you have ever seen before and it will sit on a shelf somewhere in the house until you can’t bear to look at it one more minute.
It’s nice for the family to celebrate you but when it’s all said and done mothers we are better off taking our day into our own hands and doing whatever we want. I think I will get a pedicure if I can find an open salon. I will take out a great dinner. I will watch movies. I will not let anyone bother me. I will rest up from all of my years of mothering, breathe a sigh f relief that most of the hard work is behind me. For those of you in the thick of it, well, good luck. I hope someone cooks for you, buys you a lovely present, rubs your feet and makes you feel special.
Lisa Robinson is the mother of two amazing young women. She is a freelance writer for several Baltimore area magazines, including Chesapeake Family Life. Lisa works as a news anchor and investigative reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. When she’s not dealing with the drama of her two daughters, she’s busy cooking, working out, hosting her friends for get-to-getters, reading, and writing a non-fiction book. Lisa is one of the funniest people you’ll get to know. She relishes in saying the things others are afraid to. You can catch up with Lisa here and on Facebook and Twitter.