It is next to impossible to have a completely wonderful day when the entire family is together. There are moments of joy and peace mixed in with fighting about whether or not a yellow Hummer really qualifies as a yellow “car” during the Yellow Car Game, or a small break from whining about why someone’s homework doesn’t need to be double-checked. There is always weekend house work and yard work to be finished, yet never enough helpful hands to complete the tasks.
Over all, Mother’s Day this year was perfect. I enjoyed an evening out for dinner at a Hibachi style restaurant. Everyone was able to pick out what they wanted to eat and be energetically entertained (or distracted from fighting, depending on how you look at it). We also finished up the evening with bowls of my favorite Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream while watching our weekly Sunday tradition: Extreme Home Makeover. My Mother’s Day gifts were thoughtful this year – a new garlic press, a lap-desk and a CD I have been wanting (Vampire Weekend)
I am not ungrateful for gifts that do not need to be returned or hidden in the bottom of an underwear drawer, however, the conversation I had with the girls a few weeks ago went something like this:
The Hare: “Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day this year?”
The Tortoise: “Yeah, mom, this year we want to make it extra special!”
I smiled and seriously replied: “Really? Because what I would love for Mother’s Day this year is for someone else to clean bathrooms, help with laundry, put away dishes and maybe sweep the floors. That would make it an extra special day.”
The girls looked at each other and started giggling. The giggles turned into laughter and the laughter rolled into uncontrollable hiccups.
“No, seriously mom,” they managed to eek out between gulps of air, “Can’t we just BUY you something?”
You can find me knee-deep in laundry and cleaning bathrooms today. After I sweep the floors and put away the dishes.