I have been thinking a lot about Mother's Day. Suggestions on how to celebrate your mother and spend Mother's Day are everywhere. My favorite blogs and magazines have all had ideas, tips, readers' comments, etc. When Shawn asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day, the first thing that came to mind was exactly the first thing on the majority of moms' lists on everything I read - time to myself. The words popped out of my mouth before I could stop them. But then I thought, is that really what I want for Mother's Day?
Mother's Day IS a day to pamper mom. And, after this year, I could use some pampering! (ha ha) But Mother's Day is also about celebrating the mother and her role in the family. After all, I would not even be a mother without Shawn, Jamie, and Clare. Why should the best gift be about being alone and away from these three people who make me a mother and who I love best in this world? I want us to be together and enjoy being a family and relish my role as mommy.
Do I want some time to myself? Absolutely. But not on Mother's Day. On Mother's Day, the best gift will be about being together and being a mother.
(So, Shawn, if you were considering that gift certificate for a spa pedicure - I still want it. I'll just go the next weekend.)