Just a quick note to let you know that I did not end up in a padded room or a jail cell today. Nope, I still have some of my marbles left and my kids are all still breathing. It was a good Mother’s Day…for the most part. Maybe that is because I had less expectations this year. I didn’t expect to spend the day doing nothing but chillin’. I didn’t expect my kids to be perfect angels all day long. I didn’t expect to feel cheerful and carefree all day long. I just expected to spend the day with my family and not have to do as much as I normally do.
Believe it or not, I had some surprises throughout the day. Breakfast in bed, take out for lunch, gifts from my kids, an afternoon nap, some unexpected help from my children, releasing balloons to my mom and our grandmother’s in Heaven and some kind messages from my family and friends. Yes, there were some usual moments that I’m not surprised about. Little things like the typical whining about going to mass in the morning. The stressful moments during mass when the kids didn’t want to behave. The complaining from at least one kid when Frank announced we were getting KFC for lunch. The crying child that hadn’t made a special Mother’s Day gift at school for mom. The typical bickering that my kids do every weekend. The typical requests from the kids to help them with something they want to make or do. The typical fight to help with a siblings school project. The 9:00 pm crazy children routine. These are all things that did not surprise me. Because they are typical on a special holiday like Mother’s Day.
I guess you could say that I gave myself a special Mother’s Day gift to myself today. I just let the day play out and did my best not to get upset or disappointed. Yes, there were sad moments when I posted on Facebook, my message of love to my deceased mother. Yes, I did say aloud a few times today, “Happy Mother’s Day to me!” with a sarcastic meaning behind it, because of some situation that my kids were in the middle of. Like a glass of water being spilled or an argument that started between two of the kids or some stupid thing that resulted in some child crying. However, all in all, it was a pretty good day. I hope it was the same for all the other mothers out there in this world. I hope there was at least one thing they can look back on and smile about. Even if it’s just a look on one of their children’s faces or a kind word that reached deep, deep down in their heart.
Happy Mother’s Day to the toughest humans alive, because motherhood ain’t for sissies! 😉