Mother's Day... I've been on the receiving end of Mother's Day gifts for 5 years now. When children are young, like mine, the thought put in to Mother's Day is usually left in the hands of the husband or father figure...
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.
A work in progress