Mothers Day

Eyes and Ears for Mothers Day

(What mothers really want from their kids on Mother's Day)

Today my children asked me what I wanted for Mothers Day. I told them I could not think of anything, but I would let them know.

I said this, not because I couldn’t really think of anything, but because they probably would not understand what I am about to tell you.

I would like some eyes —eyes that see the pile of washing spilling out of the washing basket before I do, eyes that spot the dishes in the sink, the dust on the table, the vegetable peelings in the bucket to be brought to the compost bin before they smell all over the place and eyes that can tell when mum would love a cup of coffee before she asks if anyone else cares for one before putting the kettle on.

I would also like some extra ears —ears that listen to friendly instructions or advice, without it going in one end and out the other. Ears that hear me calling the minute I do so, ears that can hear CDs playing while on soft.

Furthermore, a few extra hands would come in handy —hands to carry the shopping out of the car and up the steps to the house, to pick up the toys strewn about the house, to press that iron on the shirts at 6am, to take the rubbish down to the bin and hands to wrap around my shoulders now and again to tell me, you’re alright mum.

Most of all I would love some time —time to do nothing, without people interrupting and asking where things are, where I put them and when, time to browse around the shops without a list an arm long, time to visit friends who have time for me, time to soak in a fragrant bath for hours on end, using the bath salts I received in previous years, still unopened on the bathroom shelf, time to see a movie without planning for weeks, time to enjoy life and everything in it.

Mind you, if I were to have that time to relax in a bath and try to become a person, not to mention a woman, again, instead of “just a mum, part-time worker and wife”, I would probably fall asleep and drown out of sheer boredom.

So now you see, how can I ask my children for any of these things on Mothers Day, and make it last all year, rather than ask for some electrical appliance for the kitchen, slippers, perfume or flowers which are all well-meant, but in their own materialistic way, not lasting?

If you know, please tell me. It might be just in time for Mother's Day.

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