“What do you want for Mother’s Day?”
I knew I was officially a mom the year I heard my own mother’s words coming out of my mouth. “I want good kids and a clean house.”
Dear lord, had it really come to that? Was my idea of the perfect Mother’s Day really the image of my children working side by side in the laundry room? I considered my answer for about all of 30 seconds.
And that’s exactly what I told my kids:Forget buying me a new outfit, clean out your closet instead. A lovely Sunday brunch? Nah. I’d rather you do the grocery shopping. A day at the spa? I’d prefer an uninterrupted hour at home. A nice piece of jewelry? No thanks. Match the overflowing basket of white socks. And if you really want to dazzle me, how about tackling that cabinet under the bathroom sink? While you’re at it pick up the shoes piled by the door, put away the toys, recycle the stacks of old magazines and, oh yeah, can you hose down the patio furniture?
Their reaction, as they looked at one another and then back at me:“Can’t we just buy you something?”
So I wish all the mother’s out there a “Happy Mother’s Day” and ask, what do you want this year?