Mother’s Day – an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how terrific our kids are, no matter how challenging, and remember that we wouldn't trade them for the world. Or a million dollars. But maybe we would loan them out for a day or so… you know, because we’d really like some time to ourselves.
This morning I started the day just as I do every other Mother’s Day: Nick at the ready to make my traditional breakfast which consists of toast (this year he remembered the butter!), a chocolate chip cookie, and a Diet Pepsi. Served on a tray. Along with a chocolate croissant he got my mom to buy at the French bakery for me (he’s learning!). It could not be sweeter – since he has been making this since he was literally three years old, and not only on Mother’s Day but any day he is feeling especially thoughtful.
But today I also have the reality of having challenging kids. Gabriel is in a Manic state. This pretty much means he doesn’t sleep enough, is irritable, obsessed with food and requires a great deal more attention than usual. Which often takes the form of non-stop talking. For hours at a time. No exaggeration.
And although Matt and Nick aren’t able to hold a candle to the kind of challenging Gabe is this time of year, they are still holding their own.
Since it is Mother’s Day, I kinda wanted a day off. Like a free pass. I even hoped that maybe they would be so excited about Mother’s Day they wouldn’t have any issues whatsoever. Ya, that didn’t happen.
Turns out even on Mother’s Day I’m the mom.