What I want for Mother’s Day (it’s simple)

Mother’s Day is almost here.  I know what I want for Mother’s Day, but it’s not anything I’ve seen on TV. It’s way simpler than that.

I don’t know about you, but my television and radio seem like they are showing a constant stream of commercials for flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, and chocolate covered fruit.

You know me.  I don’t get flowers.

I’ve outgrown teddy bears. I buy my own chocolate.

I don’t exactly want to spend the day playing Minecraft.

So that kind of begs the question – what is it I want for Mother’s Day.

(I’m posting this now, but I know my husband won’t ask until about 5pm on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Don’t you love that?)

What I want for Mother’s Day

help me pretend i am super woman

  1.  Walk in my shoes.  Do some laundry, cook me a dinner including the cleaning up part, or just clean some stuff.  Give me a break from the endless treadmill of tasks.

  2.  Buy me new shoes.  You may never understand my love affair with shoes, but you don’t have to. Take me to my favorite store and let me pick out a pair.  If not shoes, then earrings.  Let me do one self-indulgent nonsensical thing without guilt.

3. Help me pretend I’m superwoman.  Plan a stress free afternoon for us as a family, coach the kids, give me time to do my hair, and then knock my socks off.  Just give me one afternoon where everything goes right and is Pinterest worthy.  Make sure to take lots of photos. I’m going to want to remember this.

be my superman4.  Be my superman.  Sweep me off my feet and fly away with me.  Be the amazing man I always think you are.

  1.  Give me time with you.  Take the family to the movies and hold my hand.  Grab a blanket and a bucket of chicken and take us to the park.  Make a memory for me.
  2. Give me time without you.  Sometimes, I just need an hour or two to collect my thoughts.  Sometimes, I need a little space to breathe.  Sometimes, I just want to get enough perspective to remember how much I love you.

That’s it.  It’s simple.  Given that I’d be happy with a pair of $10 earrings and a bucket of fried chicken, celebrating Mother’s Day could run as little as $25 plus a few hours of advance planning.

It’s not that hard.  The crazy thing is that it’s the same list I’d give you for Christmas.  Or my birthday.  Or my anniversary.  Or even Valentine’s Day.   I could be content with some really simple stuff.

i could be content

If you had to pick just one of these six, what would it be?  If you could add one more thing to my list, what would you add?

mothers day wish list

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. {Kathy} I don\’t know why, but this post had me in a small puddle. These are the things we all want but don\’t know how to express. I thank you for putting into words what my heart was having trouble conveying. This is really your calling Susan—speaking to what is in your (all of our) hearts and expressing it in a loving, Christ-like fashion. Thank you.

  2. Angela Powell Keck says:

    It's the advance planning part that always trips the husbands up! This is a great list. I hope you get everything on it for Mother's Day!

  3. Love this list! It truly is the simple things in life that mean the most!! I’d take an “I love you” or even just “thanks for coming to my soccer game today.” Actually it was pretty cool last night when we were divvying up the kids’ games on Sunday – I could go to my youngest child’s game or I could go to the two older ones. My youngest said to me “I’d like you to come to mine and take pictures.” That actually made my night :) It doesn’t take much….

    • I’ll always go for an “I love you” or an “I want to be with you.” Those are the best. Enjoy your spotlight on Sunday. It’s nice to be fought over.

  4. Found you over at Joy of Motherhood: Mother's Day Link Up. Glad I did because I just met another 'shoe crazy' mom! I hear you completely on this – both the 'walk in my shoes' and ' get me new shoes'! Loved it!

  5. Ohhhh, toss up between #2 and #4. If I went with #2, I’d have a tough time deciding between running shoes or Teva flip flops!

  6. All I asked for this year was homemade hash browns with breakfast (he added coffee, eggs and bacon) and to be able to go out and do something spa-like alone. That was really nice. Added bonuses were reading alone in the sun while he gardened, and now he’s making me a special dessert!

    • Sounds like you had a fabulous Mother’s Day then. I’m glad it was everything you asked for. Hope someone else even did the dishes for you.

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