It’s Mother’s Day!
by Julie Davidson
It’s almost here. Mother’s Day. It’s the one day since prom you get to wear a corsage. It’s the day you get to do what you want to do. And a day that your family holds you in high esteem and tells you how special you are.
It’s always interesting to get children’s perspective on things. Two years ago, I asked both of my boys what Mother’s Day was about. My youngest couldn’t get past the fact that there wasn’t a kid’s day. So I asked him who paid me to do things like laundry, shopping, and cleaning. He thought my boss paid me for those things.
Then my oldest son said, “Dad pays you to do all those things.”
And before I got my full rebuttal in he added, “Because he said every time he gets paid, you take his check.”
So I wanted to see if things had changed, and today I asked my nine-year-old what Mother’s Day was about. He explained, “It’s celebrating what Mothers do for their kids and how they work hard to get you things you need.”
Somehow when it comes to Mother’s Day, there seems to be more sentiment put into it than other occasions. The cards are often handmade, with stick figures of the family. You’ll likely be the one in the dress. And if things work out with Mother Nature, you might get some fresh flowers from the garden. Yes, they might be dandelions, but you’ll love them anyway. Breakfast in bed might be served. And even if the bagels are burnt and the cream cheese is piled on too thick, it will be the best food you’ve had in days. If you opt for the overpriced brunch, it will be worth every penny. Your kids might give you coupons for free chores they will do around the house.
So enjoy your day. And your kids. But just a heads up: Those coupons might expire at midnight. So use ’em up while they’re good.