My first Mother's Day, as a new mom... I think my husband actually forgot about it.
My second Mother's Day... he was deployed.
My third Mother's Day... he bought me a steam mop. Yup. He bought me a mop. And it wasn't a joke either - he seriously thought that would be a great gift. Not cool. But I got back at him and bought him a carpet cleaner for Father's Day (which is not a great gift, but it was something I actually wanted).
My fourth Mother's Day... He bought me a non-stick pan. He had destroyed my old non-stick pan and bought me a new one. He eventually destroyed the new one too (yes, high heat for long periods of time will do that to a non-stick pan).
My fifth Mother's Day... We have 3 kids by now and life is weird enough, so I took matters in to my own hands. I said, absolutely no gifts. All I want is to spend the day together. I want a NICE picnic at a park of my choosing and we WILL have a lovely day.
We are now approaching my sixth Mother's Day... and the gears are turning. It WILL be my day and no, no mops, or pans, or cleaning/cooking related items will be handed over to the "mom." I will pick something nice for us to do for the afternoon... but... what if I took it a step further? What if I give them a gift? In the past, I was so thoughtfully given such practical gifts. What I did the same? Something that "I" really wanted for the family?
What if I bought us coasters for Mother's Day? Ah.... a Mother's Day gift that a mom would truly want. Coasters. And I'd get to make them all use coasters... well, for at least one day, right?
Mothers of the world: Take back Mother's Day. MAKE IT YOUR DAY. Make them use coasters.