There is no greater love than that of a mother to her child or children. Now this might sound cheesy and like an old cliché but you do know that the best Mother’s Day gift I received was the day the two of you were born.
With Mother’s Day a couple of days away, I’m sure that you are stressing about what to get me. Or should I say you are hounding your father to come up with a plan and be your financial resource. The latter I don’t mind but this needs to come from the two of you. As I did not birth your father and I am by no means his mother. By the way, he is just as clueless when it comes to knowing exactly what I want.
As your mother, I always put myself last and your needs first. The two of you are now older and considering the fact that since birth you have financially depleted your father and I, it s now the time for you to take on some responsibility when it comes to the planning process.
So, I will make it easy for the two of you. These are my requests for Mother’s Day.
No breakfast in bed
Please do not wake me up and serve me breakfast in bed. I want to sleep in and wake up at a decent time, which will probably be 07h30 or 08h00 as I can’t really sleep late. Should you prepare a breakfast then I will enjoy it at the dining room table with all of you.
Time to myself
Out of the 24 hour day, I request at least 2 hours to myself. During this time I want to relax and read my book. Anything you want to know, need assistance with or request – ask your father.
Peace and quiet
On this day I want no bickering, fighting, screaming, complaining or any form of bad attitude and behaviour.
Listen first time around. I don’t want to repeat myself 50 times on the day. No selective hearing please. When I talk, I want your undivided attention.
I want a house that is spick and span, including your bedrooms. Find someone to do the pile of ironing. Load the dishwasher and unload and pack away all crockery, pots and pans when it is clean.
Instead of eating at a fancy restaurant, I want a lovely home cooked meal. I have no doubt that your father will make something delicious. The two of you need to assist him with all the preparations. I also want you to make a lovely dessert – the Peppermint Crisp dessert that you mastered last year.
It is lovely that the Sunday school will be having a program for all the mothers in church and that you will be participating in this. However, I want the two of you to select one mother (whether in church, in our neighbourhood or extended family) who will be celebrating Mother’s Day alone. I leave this to you to decide how you will make it special for the person you choose.
Gifts are not really necessary but if you insist; put in some effort. You are more than welcome to give me handcrafted gifts made by you. But please limit this to one each.
Chocolates will be an acceptable gift. This will be for me to eat alone and not to be shared with the two of you or your father.
Flowers are always welcome but I need to stress no house plants as I don’t have the time to care for it and keep it alive.
Please note that I don’t want any bath salts as it impossible for me to lie and soak in a bath considering the current water restrictions. I don’t want any form of lavender or pot pourri scented candles, soap-on-a-rope, hand cream etc as the overpowering smell gives me a headache.
And most definitely no household appliances.
Mother’s Day is not just about celebrating and appreciating me, you also need to show appreciation and love for your grandmothers. As with me, no requests will be posted to your grandmothers to help you with anything. Requests can be posted to your father or grandfathers.
To conclude I want to celebrate this day with my family and I don’t want it any other way. After all the two of you are the reason I am a mother. I am privileged and super proud to be your mother.
I reckon this is a simple Mother’s Day request and I sincerely hope that the above will be followed through.
Love you both so very much,
MOM x x x x