Monday, May 09, 2005

Happy Belated Mother's Day

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I woke up at 5:00am to a hacking chest cough (mine), and at 7:00 to a dog that desperately needed to go outside. I went back to sleep, and was woken up at about 9:30 by my wonderful children and my fabulous husband to a beautiful boquet of roses and breakfast in bed...the standard mother's day breakfast, and now my annual request: scrambled eggs - this year with garlic (YUM), toast, bacon, and a cup of Earl Grey tea. I received more than any mother could ask for in the hugs, smiles, snuggles, and homemade cards that my children gave me. Yesterday was one of those days when mommy guilt disappears. We spent the day with my mother and my mother-in-law. The weather was beautiful, our mother's were wonderful, as always, and the children were lovely.

Mother's Day is now over and life has returned to normal; scrambling for school uniforms at the last minute, finishing homework, signing permission slips, doing the laundry, going back to work....UGH, but I wouldn't trade my life as a mother for anything in the entire world. I am thankful every day for my mother who taught me how to be the mother that I am. I am thankful every day that I was lucky enough to be chosen as the mother of my did I ever get lucky! I am thankful everyday that I have a phenomenal mother-in-law - how many people can say THAT?

In a post-Mother's Day celebration of motherhood, I leave you the following, courtesy of an email from my mother-in-law. Thanks Mimi!


Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said,"I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches, rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse. Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."

"I'm on my way," she said. She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV's, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one still up doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. "I'm going to bed."

And he did...without another thought. Anything extraordinary here?

Wonder why women live longer...? 'CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL......

(and we can't die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!)


Katie said...

Hey there,
I'm glad you had a relaxing Mother's Day. I'm too lazy to pull up my email server, so I figured I'd post here in hopes that you'd see it ;-)
I was wondering what you planned on wearing to Dad's wedding. (If you'd even thought about it yet)
I have a few skirts, but am completely dress-less. Perhaps you have something your littlest sis could wear?? Love you! -KR

Shanti said...

Ok, as a mom myself I loved this entry. I think every mom can relate!

mommyguilt said...

Thanks Shanti! I appreciate your feedback. Keep visiting!