A Bisquick Breakfast and all the best intentions. Handprints traced and sketched courtesy of a Crayola marker. Optimistic promises that make housework a pleasure – not complaints. What is the consistency between these three seemingly unrelated circumstances? Everyone looks at the Mother’s Day gifts I’ve come to know and love.
Now that I’m a three-time mom (I still can’t turn my mind around, in fact), I’m putting my pregnancy on hold over the concept of the holiday. Mother’s Day makes me think of all the packed lunches, the carpool rides, the dried tears, the wiped cheek stains, the braided braids and the bandages boos again. Good night kisses, pages of books being read (and reread) and of course, lots of lullabies sung.
The list of navigated quests, trials, and difficulties continues. I’ve also pondered over all the sibling fights and feuds I’ve broken up with, the stains on the carpet that I’ve scrubbed (and scrubs, and scrubs…), the insistence on getting vegetables done prior to desserts and talks about why pajamas are not appropriate school attire.
And it made me decide to lean in all of road this year.
For all the moments big and small, we moms deserve to be savored. Too taxed to make a list of things you want to open on May 8? I’ve got the best Mother’s Day gifts for you. Read on to some of the items on my current wish list, and feel free to print this guide out and casually leave it on the kitchen counter. Okay, a note might also be needed.