Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. Perhaps you were treated to tributes and pampering from your adoring husband and grateful children. We know at least some of you were, thanks to Facebook newsfeeds filled with posts by #blessed friends thanking their “incredible, generous, thoughtful, blah-di-blah” husbands and children for the elaborate 12-course breakfast-in-bed, complete with handmade gifts and topped off at the end of the day by a luxurious foot massage.
Or maybe you weren’t.
If your Mother’s Day didn’t quite live up to the hype, or your Facebook newsfeed, we’re here to assure you, you are not alone. One thing we have learned as mothers, from our friends who are mothers, and from our own mothers, is that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays (competing with Valentine’s Day) that is often rife with expectations that are very rarely met. We blame Hallmark mostly, but we also blame ourselves for picturing a Mother’s Day where we could lay in bed all day being fanned and fed grapes, and not have to do all those mother-y things we normally do, like dress our children or feed them.
In honor of those who weren’t quite as #blessed this Mother’s Day as so many of their Facebook friends seem to be, we have put together a list of the less-publicized, actual Mother’s Day celebrations we heard about from the more #FML type of moms. These examples might more closely resemble your actual Mother’s Day compared to any of the things you saw on the internet this past weekend. And if they don’t, then just read on and gloat (but keep it to yourself, no one wants to hear it).
“It’s The Thought That Counts”
One unlucky husband arranged (through his secretary) for flowers to be delivered to his wife on Mother’s Day. When the flower company failed to deliver (literally), they contacted the husband and said that they would charge 50% for the flowers and deliver them on Monday. The husband, reasoning what is the point, declined the offer, and instead told his wife the tale, summing it up with, “It’s the thought that counts.” Thanks, Honey. Or, er, Honey’s secretary?
Another lucky mother agreed to go away camping for the night before Mother’s Day (her husband is an avid camper). Unbeknownst to the husband, the campground conveniently hosted a Mother’s Day breakfast in the morning. The husband insisted that had it not, it had been his intention to dress their child as a butler to serve her breakfast-in-tent that morning. Awwwwww. On reflection, and considering that the mother was the one who packed their son’s clothes and food provisions for the trip, which most certainly did not include any butler-type clothing or breakfast items, his claims were suspicious at best. Thanks, Honey.
“The Best of Intentions”
A father and his 5-year-old daughter decided they would make mommy’s favorite pancakes to surprise her on Mother’s Day. The father went out and bought pancake mix, syrup and all the required ingredients but, somehow, never managed to get to the next step of actually making the pancakes. The next day the mother made herself pancakes. Thanks, Honey.
“Relaxing Time… With Your Mother-in-Law”
What is the most relaxing way you can possibly think of spending your day? With your mother-in-law, right? Following a Mother’s Day Brunch, one lucky lady’s husband went out golfing with the kids so that she and her mother-in-law could “relax” and get manicures together. Um, thanks, Honey?
Really, why would anyone deserve special recognition twice? Shame on you for being born close to May! One woman reported that her husband had purchased a pearl necklace for her birthday a month prior. When Mother’s Day rolled around he actually stated, “I didn’t get you anything for Mother’s Day this year because I got you pearls for your birthday.” Ummm, ok. Thanks, Honey.
When it comes to Mother’s Day, and other blown out of proportion holidays, it is always a good idea manage expectations. Most of us don’t care about a big to-do or fancy present. Most of us feel #blessed enough just to be able to spend some quality time with our partners and children. And to sleep. Let the mothers sleep! After all, Father’s Day is just a few short weeks away, and she’s sure to repay all of her #blessings then.