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What’s Up with Mother’s Day?


After seven years as a mother, I have not figured out Mother’s Day.  Three years ago, I realized that the “day off” piece of it is a myth if you have young children.  So, last year and the year before, I left the house early and took my time coming back.  I recall those days as quiet, relaxed and peaceful, at least for the hours I was away. 

This year, I decided to give another go at spending time with the family on Mother’s Day.  Hmmm. 

Wrangling kids to get them cleaned up and dressed, enduring a long wait for a table in a crowded restaurant, and keeping said kids entertained during the wait do not make for a “day off,” nor does it feel celebratory.  This is normal stuff.  Not bad stuff, just normal stuff.  It’s what we do.

It was a good, normal day (except that I didn’t used to walk around in a pink raffia cowgirl hat, which was Jay’s pick for me).

I am grateful for my hat and other gifts, and for another opportunity to spend time with people I love and appreciate and who love and appreciate me.  Next year, though, I might be back at Applebee’s for a little peace and quiet.

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