Full disclosure: I completely ripped this title off from Erica at Northwest Edible Life. (With a nod to the Spice Girls, too.)
Anyhoo, on the Friday before Mother’s Day, what do we moms want, really, really, want, hey?
And she was going to buy it for herself.
Because she’s worth it.
I really admired her for coming out and saying that.
I like a ballsy attitude and confidence.
How many of us ask for what we want?
Are prepared to go out and get it?
For ourselves, if necessary.
Because we’re worth it.
I remember someone once telling me that her entire family forgot her birthday.
She was pissed.
I don’t blame her but you know what?
Don’t let them forget.
Be assertive. Help them give you what you want.
Because you’re worth it.
I tell my family.
I put a big sign on our family whiteboard that is so large and important it obscures the wonderful view we paid thousands of extra dollars for when we bought the house.
I remind them throughout the month, the week before and the day before.
They have no chance of forgetting.
I don’t want to get angry, and I don’t want them to feel my anger or disappointment or their guilt.
Instead, they plan, they conspire, they delight in surprising me.
Here’s what I would like for Mother’s Day:
A kid planned and prepared brunch
The sandwiches are wonky, the tea often cold. But the love and the details melt my heart. A handwritten menu, flowers picked from the garden, the heart-shaped mutant strawberry left on my plate. I love seeing their pride and excitement at treating me like this.
An afternoon to myself, alone at home
It’s a rare treat to just walk about, tidy up, light some candles, sit peacefully. Read, sew, nap, stare out the window. Bliss.
I used to buy these for myself when I was single. Now I hardly ever do. A few by my bed and in my bathroom would be lovely.
No grocery shopping
I usually grocery shop on Sundays. A day off from that and for someone else to take the load of thinking what to buy would be a fine gift.
A day off from nagging
I hope I’m not a nag but sometimes it feels like it – ‘Have you cleaned your teeth?’ ‘Bathtime!’ ‘Don’t leave your socks there.’ Hmmm, perhaps this one’s a pipedream…
I will write these ideas on our whiteboard. And I’ll draw their attention to it.
As in, ‘I’ve written what I want for Mother’s Day on the board. Let’s all read through the list. Out loud.’
I’m not big on ambiguity.
There’s no chance they could be confused.
They won’t forget.
They’ll be planning and conspiring and shopping and writing.
And whispering and giggling and banning me from the kitchen.
And I’ll be happy and content to feel appreciated.
Because, you know, I’m worth it. 😉
What would you like? A brunch? A handmade gift? A hug? A kiss? Some diamonds? And what can you do to make sure you get it? Let me know in the comments!
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