It’s not Mother’s Day today. Well, not in this house anyway. In most of the UK, Mums are waking up to cards and presents from their kids, perhaps a lie-in or breakfast in bed. But not in the geek household. The geekdaddy is away this weekend, and whilst the geekdaughter really wants to make a fuss of me and give me breakfast in bed, she still needs adult help with that kind of thing. So Mother’s Day is going to be a bit of a non-event in our house.
Truth be told, I’m feeling a little bit sad about the whole thing. Through some major miscommunications I only found out at the last minute that the geekdaddy’s trip, which was in the calendar for Friday to Sunday, was actually going to involve him being away Thursday to Tuesday. Not only do I get another five days of solo-wrangling the kids shortly after his expedition to Iceland, I also had to change my working arrangements at short notice in order to be able to cover school dropoffs and childcare. So I wasn’t in the best of moods about the weekend to start with.
The whole Mother’s Day thing really shouldn’t bother me at all. Just like we don’t just wait until Valentines day to tell our other halves that we love them, we shouldn’t really get hung up about looking after our Mums particularly on Mother’s Day either. We can look after our Mums on any other day of the year, after all. The logical side of my brain is fine with that, I understand that the geekdaddy couldn’t change the date of the event he’s attending, I agreed with him up front that I’d have a substitute Mother’s Day some time in the future when he’s back. In my head I’m fine with that.
But the illogical, emotional side of me is not OK with the situation. Both kids have been making Mother’s Day cards for me at school and nursery this week. I have seen both cards already. The geekson’s got thrust into my hand when I collected him from nursery on Wednesday. Then on Friday I picked the geekdaughter up from school, and I could tell she was really excited about the card that she’d made me, wanting to give it to me right there and then. I explained that it wasn’t Mother’s Day yet, and I’d prefer her to keep it as a surprise for today, but she got all upset about that, and we ended up with her giving it to me anyway. So the only small surprise I have in store for me today is whether the white face flannel that’s been wrapped up as a gift from the geekson is plain, or if it has some decoration on it…
On the bright side my Mum has invited us for Sunday lunch, and it will be lovely to see her, and to not have to cook! And I’ll be able to make a bit of a fuss of her, of course 🙂
I definitely don’t begrudge anyone else their Mother’s Day, and I’m also very aware that there are those whose mothers are no longer around for them to share this day with. I’m just feeling a little sorry for myself at the moment. Normal service will resume shortly.
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