All I truly want for Mother's Day is a nice relaxing day with my family. Sounds so easy, right? Not if you live in my house. I say that with honesty and love. I'm realist. My family is a crazy mess and I love them for it. The perfect gift would be that the day would be filled with hugs, kisses and I love yous. Also, no fighting, yelling or hurt feelings. That would truly be a blessing. We're a unruly bunch I have to say. This will be the first Mother's Day in 4 years that my son does not have a hockey game (at the ungodly hour of 9 a.m..) on Mother's Day. Sure, in years past I could have slept in but I didn't want to miss my son's game. I look forward to watching him. He amazes me with his talent and I wouldn't want to miss it. This year I will get both Saturday and Sunday to sleep in (well, more like relax in bed) if the kids play nicely together. I'm so excited! Hubby will be home on Sunday and I know my daughter really wants to make me breakfast in bed. Hopefully, my husband will agree to the breakfast I already ordered from her. I want chocolate chip pancakes, maybe a side of turkey bacon, a cup of hot tea and a glass of orange juice. Sounds devine to me. Hope my hubby can pull it off. He's more of an eggs and bagel type of guy. But no matter what, I'll be thrilled to be able to relax in bed until 9 or 10 a.m. Such a pleasure, fit for a king. I can't wait. I'm hoping he'll offer to make all three meals, clean up afterwards and do the dishes too. I think I may be pushing it.
There are other things that would be on my Mother's Day wish list but I'm not greedy so I'll be more than happy with sleeping in, breakfast in bed and an attempt by all to get along.
However, if it were possible these are other things I'd like. Some are big and some are small. All would make my day a brighter.
1. A housekeeper. I'm not picky if it's for a day, a year, a lifetime. I would be appreciative beyond belief. More so than the rest of my family who trash my cleaning efforts almost instantaneously and effortlessly. I know they don't mean to but it seems all my hard work is for nothing. At least the housekeeper would know how grateful I am as I would attempt not to bow to her every time she appeared.
2. A laundry fairy...in case the housekeeper doesn't do laundry. Or if I didn't get a housekeeper. My husband does attempt to do some laundry on Sunday's which I am thankful for. However, his "doing the laundry" is bringing the baskets down to the basement, tossing clothes into the washer, then into the dryer. Eventually they make it up to the living room where I am expected to fold them, lug them upstairs (something I shouldn't be doing for health reasons) and putting them neatly away. Hmmmm, guess who has the better gig in this deal? But hey, it's better than nothing.
3. A dishwasher. Two (yes TWO!) Mother's Days ago my dishwasher broke. Ironic, isn't it. Not comical at all though, I have to say. I've been washing dishes by hand and letting them dry in my broken dishwasher for two years now. It's sad and depressing. I want a replacement so bad. I've been hinting and outright asking for a long time now. Yes, I would happily accept an appliance as a Mother's Day gift. It would free up so much of my time and save my sanity.
4. A gym membership. My husband has a membership to the local gym. He can take a guest anytime he goes. Wonderful. I'd love to go with him. Only one problem. The best time for him to go is after work and that's when the kids need to focus on doing their homework and I make dinner. So, I miss out. I went with him occasionally on Sunday's during the regular hockey season since my son's games were on Saturday's but I didn't want to be up at 7 o'clock to go. Plus, it meant asking my parents to watch the kids. Sigh. I want my own membership so I can go while the kids are in school. I've hinted at this one since Novemeber. I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon.
5. A flower garden out front and a veggie garden out back. I've started prepping for them. It'll be my first year gardening. I'm worried that there's not enough sun for the veggies but I'm going to try it. I'd love some plants for Mother's Day. Hopefully we are done with frost warnings (though we did have one last night). Maybe I can talk the family into a drive to a local gardening center.
Those are my non-essential Mother's day wishes. I don't mind not getting them, though they would all make my life better in different ways. I'm okay with that. The best gift a mom can ask for is to have her family healthy and happy. I love my family, even when they drive me crazy daily, and I wouldn't trade them for anything (but shhh....don't tell them that!).
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in my life. We are truly blessed.
P.S. A spa day with girlfriends or a girlfriends weekend would be totally awesome too! Hey, a mom can dream!
P.S.S. I just found out something devestating to my son. This is now my one wish for Mother's Day. We were notified by email that the rink where he plays hockey is closing as of June 5th. Supposedly, they are trying to work something out with the town but it doesn't sound like it's going to happen. There are no other rinks close by. This is the one thing my son excels at. It keeps him upbeat and positive. He's very talented and I'm not saying that because I'm his mom. I've had coaches, parents and other's tell him that he's really good. I have to break the news to him without breaking his spirit or heart. I will write a separate blog post about this. However, looking for a miracle and the wish I wanted granted more than anything in the world right now is for my son's rink to stay open so he can continue to play hockey. I hope my prayers will be answered somehow.