What I really want for Mothers Day…

I have to admit that I appreciate a bouquet of flowers and some very fine dark chocolate. I’ve even really liked the jewelry that my husband has given me for Mother’s Day in past years. And the Eggs Florentine that John and the kids cook from scratch and serve to me in bed is the best. But, I have this secret list of things that would mean a lot more to me than food and flowers. Someday I hope to get one (or more) of these:

1) A clean house. Do the dishes, wash & fold the laundry, clean out the kitty litter box. Mop & vacuum the floors—even in the corners and under the furniture. Find new homes for all the dustbunnies under the kids’ beds. Dust the bookcases and the piano and the chairs—every nook & cranny. Sweep the porch. Wipe the bugs and dust off of the windowsills and out of the light fixtures. Clean the fridge and maybe even the oven.
2) Lots of kisses and hugs. For each member of my family to express their love for me and for each other.
3) When you serve me breakfast in bed, play Rachmaninoff on the stereo. Instead of leaving me alone to eat my favorite meal, join me.
4) A clean car—-inside and out.
5) Some help hoeing and weeding my garden. Or clipping back the honeysuckle that grows along the fence.
6) Share your favorite family memories with me. Get out the photo box and re-live some of the past together.
7) A massage. It could be my foot, my back, my scalp, or everything in between.

So, what’s on your Mother’s Day wishlist?


Jana is a university administrator and teaches History. Her soloblog is http://janaremy.com

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  1. Deborah says:

    My husband reported that at work on Friday, the men at his lunch table were frantically trying to come up with present ideas for their wives. We don’t have kids, yet but my hubby is a planner — so we’ve decided over lunch today that our standing, future Mom-day gift will certainly involve a to a masseuse. Too bad he’s not Mormon and doesn’t know Sherri Dew’s “All Women are Mothers” speech — I might have been able to cash in now! 🙂

  2. meems says:

    This morning, my incredible husband and 2 babes presented me with homemade cards, a lovely breakfast that included freshly squeezed orange juice, and a gift certificate for the “mother’s day package” at a local day spa. This includes a steam bath, almond body scrub, back and shoulder massage, and a foot bath/treatment. I almost cried. I’m in 7th heaven!
    Now if I can just subtley remind everyone that mom’s don’t do dishes on mother’s day…

  3. AmyB says:

    I don’t have my own chlidren yet- so I’m not celebrating myself. I was reflecting today that one of the things that I love about being married is that now I have two moms. I am so grateful for my own mother and also for my mother-in-law.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you hard-working mommies out there.

  4. EmilyCC says:

    Jana, I want all of those things, too!

    I’d just add to that list that I would also like my baby to wake up *after* the sun, not before it.

  5. jana says:

    FWIW, What I got for Mother’s Day this year:
    -two delightful handmade cards from my bambinos. One had three massage coupons enclosed (yay!)
    -a weekend of quality time with my Mom who’s in the process of weeding through the family’s possessions as she downsizes and moves to Utah in a few months. Hosting an awesome yard sale with my sis to sell a bunch of mom’s junk.
    -Returning back home (from Mom’s) and finding that in my absence that my husband had built a small patio in my garden out of recycled paver stones. And all my weed piles taken to the dumpster (my least favorite garden job)

    All in all, an incredibly awesome weekend 🙂

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