HAPPY belated Mother’s Day, friends!
Whether you were celebrating being a mom or having a mom or both, I hope you were able to embrace the holiday in some special way. As always, I grieved for those who have had to endure loss, infertility, or broken relationships with moms or children. This holiday brings with it, much sadness too- for many. I’m heartbroken for so many people I know and love, and those I don’t too.
As for my Mother’s Day, it was filled with most every day things, like laundry and household chores- because I’m still a mom on Mother’s Day. Yeah. I always long to have a TRUE day off on this holiday, but that probably won’t happen until the kids are on their own. It’s okay. It was still special in small ways and some big! Husband invested in a new computer for me because my gosh, mine was driving me CRAZY. It’s old and freezes a lot and he was tired of hearing me swear at it every day all day long. I was too, so there’s that. 🙂 My favorite thing about him is the cards he so carefully chooses for me because he knows my love language is WORDS of encouragement. (Surprise there.) His Mother’s Day card did not disappoint. Love that guy.
As for my kids? My teen girl asked if she could borrow money to buy canvas at JoAnne’s the night before, then spent two hours in her room to paint me a sweet gift. Last minute? Yep. But I’ll take it. And she owes me money. As for my 12-year-old boy, well apparently, he didn’t know it was Mother’s Day. Huh. So he mowed the lawn and claimed it as my gift. Then helped hubs clean my car out and thought he was the most generous kid in town. Again, I’ll take it.
The key to every good Mother’s Day is to have incredibly low expectations.
Often, you’ll be delightfully surprised.
What I’ve learned through the years of being a mom, is there is such a simple way to make me happy. It’s this one thing I ask of my kids EVERY day, not just on Mother’s Day.
I think it’s what every what every mother wants from her kids after Mother’s Day.
So for moms who have kids old enough to have manners, I have a little letter I wrote to my kids that might resonate with you as well.
I actually have really great kids. I’m grateful for that. Truly.
But I’d like more of one thing. I bet you do too.