Mom, Mama, Mommy, Moms, Ma, Grandma, Nana, Oma, Yaya, Grams, or whatever else they go by, Sunday is Mother’s Day. The American version was first celebrated by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It is said, Jarvis later regretted the commercialization of the day and criticized companies like Hallmark, saying they misinterpreted and exploited the holiday.
Personally, I, for once, embrace the commercialism—“Because you care enough to celebrate all she means (Hallmark)”— and take my Mother’s Day celebrations seriously. However, it’s not flowers and chocolates that work for me. Going out to dinner would be fun, but on another day. Remember,I have six kids. Once, when they were six kids under the age of ten, my husband asked me what I would like for Mother’s Day and without hesitation I said I wanted a day without children. Yep, that was what I dearly wanted. A day with all my children and my husband out of the house—peace and quiet.
My husband, puzzled but willing, took all six children to a Revolution soccer game—yes, even the baby. They had a tailgate lunch, nose-bleed seats and were having fun until is started to rain. For two hours, they huddled under an overhang waiting for the game to start again. When Rebecca, five at the time, asked why they couldn’t go home, my husband said, “ Its Mother’s Day.”
That story has become family lore. The rain gets heavier and the lightening more terrifying every year, but I was undeterred. I have asked for some other unusual Mother’s Day gifts along the way— a truck load of manure, a window in the family room, yard work, house work— I figured I spent 364 days of the year caring for everyone else and that Anna Jarvis and Hallmark wanted this one day to be mine.
On Mother’s Day this year, Sadie has a soccer game, Bill has a new girl friend, Jenny and Rebecca are mothers themselves, and the other two boys are twenty somethings off living their lives. What do I want? All my kids around of course, and maybe— just maybe— one more day with six children under the age of ten. They were awfully cute back then!