Let me start this letter by saying I love you. More than I could ever express. You complete me, you light up my life, etc.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business. The purpose of this letter is not to express my undying devotion to you. It is to let you know what I really want for Mother’s Day.
Please don’t misunderstand, I enjoy the flowers and cards, and nothing beats handmade gifts from the kids. But I don’t need jewelry. I don’t need perfume. I don’t need a fancy brunch. What I really need is peace, quiet, and the restoration of my sanity. What I’m saying is, I need you all to leave me alone.
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Not forever. Just for one day. One day free of sippy cups, Nick Jr., and graham crackers smashed into the carpet. One day free of fixing meals and ironing clothes. One day where I’m not listening to a grown man yelling obscenities at the television over a game. One where I could actually watch a television show without hearing, “Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY! My brother is looking at me!” A day where the only person in time out is me.
So honey, this year, pack up the kids early in the morning and take them anywhere that is not our house for eight hours. Give me time to watch all the shows on the DVR, the option of eating ice cream for the lunch, and the chance to take a nap. Allow me the chance to go shopping or to the movies by myself. Even if I spend the day in my pajamas watching reruns of Project Runway, I will consider it time well spent.
When you come home, I will read my cards and smell my flowers. I will hug you and kiss you and thank you for your kindness. And I will love you more than I have ever loved you before. Maybe we could even make this a yearly tradition?
Category: Mommy Time