Fewer things are more hectic than the daily routine of a working mother. It seems that a degree in logistics is required to maintain our sanity! Getting ourselves prepared for the day while motivating groggy children to get to daycare or school results in feeling as though we’ve already put in a full day’s work before the work day has even begun.
In our ever-so-humble opinion, the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day is as follows: quietly, peacefully, and even alone (for just a little while). Don’t get us wrong! Cards, flowers, brunches and time with family are fabulous; but giving us some time to sit back and relax while someone else takes the reins is beyond heavenly.
If breakfast-in-bed is what you’d like to do for us, please take the time to clean up the kitchen. If you want to take us to dinner, please follow through and make the reservation. If you buy us a gift, take some time to think about what we’d truly enjoy instead of what the Sunday flyers would like you to believe we want.
Obviously, our expectations change as our children grow. Homemade cards and gifts from younger children are treasures that we will continue to pull out from time to time and get misty-eyed remembering those sweet little hands that so lovingly made something special for us. Anything that shows appreciation from older children is always a winner: hugs, phone calls, social media posts – if it’s genuine and shows that you took the time to express your gratitude, you can bet we’re bragging about how thankful we are.
But in the end, no matter how the day is spent – showing your mom how much she means to you is all that matters.
A collaborative effort of the working moms at the Colonie Youth Center