As Mother’s Day has approached over the past few years, I have posed a question on The Scramble Facebook page to determine what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day. I always love reading through the comments—some are funny, some are sad, and some remind me of just how exhausted we moms often are. Some moms just want “quiet”, “sleep” or “don’t want to be touched by little hands for the entire day.”
Depending upon the ages of their kids, moms’ answers vary widely, from those with little kids just wanting a day without changing diapers and cleaning baby bottles, to those that have older children just wanting some time together, and those with grown children being excited for their son or daughter to come home for dinner or video chat with them from wherever they are. (Celia, my 18-year-old “baby,” is heading to college next year, so I will likely fall into the latter category next Mother’s Day with both her and her brother, Solomon, who is already in college.)
It seems that regardless of the ages of our kids, the common thread is that moms ultimately just want to be appreciated (at least for one day) for all they do. I hope you enjoy reading some of the comments that Scramblers left about what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day:
Katy E.: For my husband to think of something, plan it and carry it out.
Anna D.: Quiet
Laura K.: I love to get written notes from my kids and husband. I usually celebrate by taking my own mom out. At 91, she’s the matriarch and gets the attention–as it should be.
Judy L.: Mother’s Day can be very sad for people who are sad about their mothers or for people who have fertility issues, so it isn’t a day of celebration for everyone. It is sometimes a day of reflection.
Palma D.: I have already put in my request for an entire day of not hearing ANY sentence start with “I want”.
Lisa G.: Quality time with the family from breakfast to dinner. Mother’s Day and my birthday are the only days I can get everyone to walk the dog with me–so we often take a long walk or hike… anything is great as long as we’re all together.
Amy S.: When I had young children, I began to request a day of being in my garden. I wanted to work, plant, enjoy without constant interruptions for juice, diapers, fighting or whatever. The children were invited to be with me in the garden, but all the daily details were to be taken care of with Daddy.
Caroline F.: I love the cards from my kids. I wrote my mother a card every year. Now that she’s not alive it’s more poignant than happy but I love being with my family. I usually have a dessert for moms at night so they can also celebrate each other and have some downtime.
Leslie M.: The day OFF.
Melissa R.: Best Mother’s Day– I played soccer with both my grown kids on my coed team.
Danielle T.: Pink champagne on the deck with my boys and a cheese plate. Simple and happy.
Kirsten B.: I’m going to participate in the Capital Area Food Bank’s Mother’s Day fundraiser! The idea is that you invite people to donate to the food bank and then we send their mother a card letting her know that her child has made it possible for other families to eat healthy food in her honor. I know that personally, I’d be more excited to get something like this than flowers or chocolate.
Beverly H.: The kids not to bicker. No laundry, cleaning or cooking.
Bridgette K.: I go camping with other moms–no kids–we leave Friday. When we get back Sunday dinner and families await.
Jen H.: A meal together. Whatever it is, and so long as I don’t have to cook it.
Cori F.: I got the best present last year! I am 70 years old and still work full-time. Leave at 6 AM and get home at 3 PM. Last year as I arrived home, I couldn’t figure out why there were cars in front of my house. My 3 adult daughters arrived at 6:15 AM and SPRING CLEANED MY HOUSE! Best.gift.ever!
Paula W.: A movie and dinner or lunch with no one touching me or asking me for anything.
Jamie L.: A hotel stay at a spa resort for the weekend with room service and spa services already taken care off. With NO PHONE!!
Carrie E.: To have my “To Do” list done and to not have to do anything for anyone for the whole day!
Looking to do something special for the moms (or wives) in your life? Start the day off right with a delicious meal. (They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—I can tell you that applies to many women too!) Moms, if you’re reading this, you can drop a [not so subtle] hint about how lovely it would be to be served one of these breakfasts on your special day. (I won’t tell!)
Coco-Nutty Granola (that’s low in sugar and high in protein!)
Leave a comment below sharing what you’d REALLY like for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you caring, loving, hard-working, often-exhausted, sometimes exhilarated, Scrambling mamas. Your families are so fortunate to have you planning and caring about what goes into their bodies each day.
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