Oh. I guess I should have posted about Mother's Day today, and done the psych clinic tomorrow when we were all about to take our Mother's Day feelings and turn them into inappropriate actions.
Well, how about Mother's Day post ALSO, since one of my presents for Mother's Day is more computer time while Paul watches the children?
Paul always asks me what I want for Mother's Day, which is very wise. I wanted more time by myself; I wanted to make mint brownies (Paul said he'd make them, but I like baking and it's something I miss when I don't do it); and I wanted drawings/cards from the kids (Henry was excused this year on account of smallness).
You might think I'm all sacrificial about not wanting a big gift, but I don't want to have to think of a gift on Father's Day. I want instead to train our children to buy me things later, when they're grown and rich. I read aloud to them from People magazine articles in which rich young singers buy houses and cars and nice cosmetic surgeries for their mamas.
Paul also asked if I wanted him to make tacos for dinner (yes) and if I wanted him to download another episode of that show you guys recommended, Big Bang Theory, which I think he was hoping would have cuter, buffer, cooler guys in it---I mean because there was the strong implication that he resembled those guys.
Rob's card says: "Dear Mom, I hope that you have an awesome Mother's Day and that you know how much it means to me when you do the following things. (A) Buying and cooking food for me (B) Keeping our house cleen (C) Taking care of me when I'm sick and (D) Helping me get ready for school every Day. Happy Mother's Day! Love, Rob".
Ha ha! First of all, "the following things," with a list. Second, the touching obliviousness of a child: Paul does the grocery shopping and almost all the cooking, and since when is our house clean? Oh, wait, he says "cleen."
William's card says: "My mom is special becaus she plays with me. She bakes with me. She goes to store with me."
That does pretty much sum up my life. It's nice of him to refer to that as "special."
Edward brought me three pages of scribbles, and Elizabeth said hers wasn't ready yet so she wouldn't give it to me, but I'm told it says "Uncle Erik" on it (her own idea).
Mint brownies are in the oven.
Here is what I like about Mother's Day: it comes before Father's Day. I think of it, in fact, as a TEMPLATE for Father's Day. Is the father in your household being kind and solicitous today, and taking your various wants into account? Is he making the children behave the same way---ideally far away from you? Did he keep them quiet so you could sleep in? Is he looking at you with affectionate eyes and not letting you do the dishes? Then keep that in mind when it is his turn for a day of appreciation. Is he instead clearly trying to fill the Mother's Day Obligation slot with the minimum required item so he can move on to his usual Sunday schedule of napping and messing around on the computer? Then keep THAT in mind for June.
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