Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Since my mom lives in Connecticut, I have been celebrating Mother’s Day with my Mother-in-Law and my husband’s family for the past seven years. Each year we celebrate in the same way, by having brunch together at a local country club. Each year, everyone gets dressed up, has a mimosa or two, and indulges in way too much food.
When I became a mom myself, I understood how important this brunch was to my Mother-in-Law. It was exactly how she wanted to spend Mother’s Day. From the ambiance to the attire, a country club brunch with family is her vision of a perfect Mother’s Day. While I am happy to continue to celebrate with her, I have to say, it is definitely not my version of the perfect Mother’s Day.
So, when my husband asked me this year how I wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day, I knew he really meant, how do you want to spend your half of Mother’s Day. Sharing Mother’s Day is a reality for most moms I know, and some spend their day shuffling between events for their mom, their mother-in-law, their step mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, etc. Even though I know this may be selfish, I have to be honest, I find myself fantasizing about the questions my husband asked me, how do I want to spend my Mother’s DAY…the entire Mother’s Day.
Taking a cue from my son’s favorite show Dinosaur Train, which recently aired a Mother’s Day episode defining the day as “a day just for mom, where she doesn’t have to do anything at all, she can just relax.” My perfect Mother’s Day would look a little something like this: I would wake up early with my son who typically runs into our room around 5:30 for some quality cuddle time. Once we are up, it would be coffee and breakfast in bed, followed by a quick solo trip to the gym. Upon my return, we would all get ready and head to a local hotel to spend the morning swimming and playing at the pool or beach, then lunch and some cocktails poolside (I’m not pregnant in this fantasy). After lunch, I would send my husband and son home for nap-time while I had a massage at the hotel spa. Or better yet, we would all go home and while they nap, I would have a masseuse come to the house. The rest of the afternoon would consist of more relaxing at home, and then we would end the day at a casual family friendly restaurant. No cooking, no cleaning, no rushing, no dress code, no gifts, just lots of relaxed family fun. A mom can dream right!
So, how are you spending your Mother’s Day? What would your perfect Mother’s Day look like? Whatever you do, I hope you have a Happy, Happy Mother’s Day!