Historically Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, was a day that all domestic servants were given the day off, and went home to see their families. It’s probably my knowledge of that history that colours the way I see Mother’s Day, and drives the things I’d like for that day. Here in the UK Mother’s Day is fast approaching (this Sunday to be exact), and I have decided that the way to get my perfect mother’s day is to spell out for the geekdaddy exactly what I want. So here goes.
1. A lie in
The geekdaddy and I have a routine which works very well. He is a night owl, and I am a morning lark, so it’s always me that gets up with the kids each morning whilst he catches up with the extra shut-eye he needs. I do the getting dressed and feeding breakfast routine, and any deliveries to nursery that are required. This mother’s day, just for once, I would like him to get up and do that so I can grab an extra hour in bed.
2. Breakfast in bed
This was something I always used to do for my Mum for as long as I can remember. Birthday and Mother’s Day I would get up (helped by my Dad when I was too small to do it on my own) and prepare breakfast in bed. I would lay out a tray with a cup of tea, bowl of cereal, toast, and a little vase with flowers I’d picked from the garden that morning. She always loved it, and it’s something I’ve always thought was a really special treat.
3. No cooking
I cook meals for the whole family almost every day of the week. On mother’s day I would like to either be taken out for a nice meal, or to have someone else cook. Oh, and a hint on those who are hoping to go out for lunch – we tend to favour our local Indian or Chinese restaurants for such occasions. All the local pubs are usually packed to the gunnels, with extra-long waits for food – never good when you have little ones with you. My experience of our Chinese and Indian restaurants has always been that they were less busy on such occasions, and usually better with the kids to boot.
4. No washing up
This follows on from point 3. Again the washing up and loading/unloading of the dishwasher are activities generally undertaken by me on a daily basis, and so on Mother’s Day I’d like a day off! This really only fuels my argument, started in point 3, that we’re best going out for lunch 🙂
5. My family around me
I am very very lucky. With my sister-in-law and her family living in the same town, and my Mum and mother-in-law both living only 10 minutes drive away, it’s very easy to get the whole family (well, nearly) together. Gathering us all together means a total of 4 Mums, 3 daughters and 4 sons, crossing three generations. I love my extended family, and love spending time with them all. Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate your family, to hold them close, and to tell them you love them.
I’ve already arranged for the last three points above to happen – the whole family is booked into our local Chinese restaurant for lunch. So now it’s over to the geekdaddy – can I have a lie-in and breakfast in bed please? 🙂