It goes without saying that moms are the most underappreciated people in the world. Mother’s Day is the time of year when moms are recognized for the amazing things they do on a daily basis. So naturally each May every store in town competes to prove they have the gift that will show mothers how much they are loved. Sorry Nordstrom, apparently you didn’t get the memo – the best things are life are free! That’s not to say I wouldn’t graciously accept a Louis Vuitton purse, Chanel sunglasses or a luxurious spa day, but that’s not the Mother’s Day gift that I am really hoping for. This year, and every other, there is just one thing I really want, a fantastic Mother’s Day memory.
Why just a memory? Because memories have powers that expensive tangible gifts do not. Will a purse help you when your kid decides to pour his apple juice all over the cleaning supply aisle at Target because he wants to make a “Slip and Slide”? Do sparkly diamond earrings subdue the sounds of a screeching toddler that refuses to go to bed? What about a box of decadent, gourmet chocolates? Will that lessen the grossness of being peed on for the third night in a row because your little one insists on sleeping in your bed? No! Motherhood is an endless roller coaster of highs and lows and sometimes in the middle of a low stretch you need a little something to tide you over until you make your way up to another peak. THIS is why my Mother’s Day memories are so important to me. It’s those snippets of pure love and joy that you hold so near to your heart and remind you that no matter how low the lows get, the highs blow them right out of the water. All the hugs and the kisses and the snuggles and the special memories. Some of my favorite mother’s day memories include…
- “Sleeping in” while listening to my husband diffuse a meltdown from my 4 year old because he didn’t get her a Mother’s Day present. Duh, daddy, she is a mom to 50+ stuffed animal babies.
- Watching my husband attempt to bathe, dress and style our girls’ hair. I’m pretty sure the term “hot mess” was created to describe little girls who have been styled by their daddy.
- Imagining the amount of destruction occurred in the preschool when they gave 3 year olds glitter, glue, paint and popsicle sticks to make this year’s mother’s day gift.
- The time my daughter gave me a “manicure” with nail polish that did not come off my nails and fingers for two weeks. Note to self, if your kid can’t spell manicure, be prepared for an “avante garde” manicure. Second note to self, when off brand dollar store nail polish from China says long lasting, they mean it.
- Champagne brunch. Why is this not a weekly occurrence?!
- When I watched my daughter’s proud smile as she watched me bite into her “super duper special mommy breakfast surprise”(spoiler alert: after biting into/chewing/swallowing, I’m still not sure what the “surprise” portion of that meal was).
- Sitting with my mommy and my daughters and witnessing three generations of know-it-alls try to agree on anything.
- The year my daughter told me that she loves me so much and I’m obviously the best mommy because my hair looks like Rapunzel’s and I give her all the cereal she wants.
These are the types of memories that warm my heart and make me smile. It’s all those little things that make every sleepless night, every tantrum, every “how are we going to afford this?!?!” worth it.
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This post was sponsored by Luvs as part of their #ShareTheLuv campaign, but all opinions,ideas and awesome memories are my own.