It’s no secret that every day should be Mother’s Day. I wish I were lavished with flowers, homemade cards, and a pants-busting brunch every day. However, that might not be good for my mental or physical health. (I’d be willing to make the sacrifice and try it out on behalf of all Moms though.) So, I try to make the most out of the one official day each year where I’m the guest of honor in our house. We seem to have developed some Mother’s Day traditions that I look forward to each year.
First, we always go to brunch. I love the smell of pastries in the morning. How could you not like brunch? You get breakfast food and savory lunch food all at the same time. I have developed a brunch-eating process. First, I get a plate of breakfast type food, then a plate of lunch type food, then maybe a plate of my favorites from the first two plates. If I can still walk I then go get a dessert plate. Don’t be embarrassed to keep getting up and getting a little food. Every time you walk up there you burn calories and can then eat more. Also, someone else is doing the dishes!
Second, I call my Mommy and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Since she lives in another state, Mom gets a mail package and phone call. While I wish I could do more for the wonderful woman who raised me, at least I can train my son on the importance of calling your Mom on Mother’s Day. (He’s going to need at least 20 something years of reminders for this.)
Our third tradition started from my desire to work off the food coma induced by my overeating at brunch. Mother’s Day is my flower gardening day. Since we live in the Midwest, it’s not safe to plant flowers anytime before Mother’s Day. You don’t want to go through all of that hard work digging, planting, bending, and yanking and then watch the flowers die during an overnight cold snap. So I use this day to go to the nursery, pick my beautiful flowers for the summer, and as a family, we go home and plant. I love it! The kids make their own flower pots to water and care for. My husband does the heavy lifting, digging and fertilizing, and I get to decorate my house with beautiful flowers.
What if it rains, you ask? Well, then I plan to take a nap and play Guitar Hero the rest of the day.
At the end of the day I feel great because we spent time together working on a project that’s important to me, our house is decorated for all of the summer parties we plan to have, and I worked off the brunch calories. Now, I’ve got a year to rest up until next time.
What traditions do you have for Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear how other Moms spend their special day.