In most families, mom is the planner. If her family were the "Love Boat," mom would be
Julie McCoy, the cruise director who keeps everyone on track. But Mother's Day is the
one of the few days when mom is supposed to surrender her cruise director
responsibilities and let someone else, usually dad, steer the ship.
The problem is, some crazy person started a rumor that mom should spend Mother's Day
entirely with her kids. When you have little kids, as I do, this doesn't feel like much of a
celebration. I love my kids, just not as much as I love spending my Mother's Day reading
the paper or getting a facial.
Every year, my husband politely asks me what I want to do for Mother's Day.
Immediately, I'm kind of annoyed that his psychic powers haven't figured it out. That
said, were he to plan the whole day without consulting me, I'm sure I'd be annoyed that
he didn't ask me what I'd like.
But still, I like Mother's Day and want to a have a good one.
What I want to do on Mother's Day is probably a shorter list than what I don't want to do.
1. I want to sleep in. Sleeping in should in no way be interpreted as me lying awake
while my children poke me in the eye, crying, "Are you done relaxing yet?"
2. I want to go to the gym without being rushed. I might grab a coffee or meander a bit too
3. I'll want to spend SOME time with the kids, right up until one of them poops her pants or throws a world-class tantrum. That's my cue to leave. After all, I'd hate to
miss my massage and facial, and it's always best to use the steam room first.
4. A family dinner would be nice—at a restaurant I like. This will provide a perfect
opportunity for my husband to experience the joys of watching other people eat when the
little one goes nuts and won't stay seated 10 minutes after we've sat down.