Of all the hallmark days, I have to say I actually don't mind mother's day. Commercial as it is, it is one day when mother's are thought about...and kids are made to just pause for a second to think about their moms and express something to acknowledge mom. And honestly when I think of how my mom and her mom have slogged throughout their lives in the context of their own lives, for their family and extended family and how it was all mostly taken for granted, I actually feel like mother's day is not a bad idea. If Hallmark benefits along with the way, so be it!
Last year, KB dragged his dad to a store and bought me ear rings and a tee shirt. No such luck this time around. May be because he had done such adorable mother's day craft at his school. A tiny heart pillow, a bracelet made of painted stones and a totally adorable card saying why he loves mom! KG's school was no less - they had a mother's day luncheon and KG, with her teacher's help I am sure, had painted the rim of a adorable paper hat (the kind you saw the royal wedding!) with her finger prints and gave it to me. And had made really lovely paper flower out of thin tissue paper painted with water colors. She answered questions about mom to her teacher - like "what does mom do for fun?" - she takes us to the park. What is mom's favorite movie? "Boring things"! She didn't know what my favorite movie was - so she said - boring things! KG's preschool had the luncheon on Friday itself since mother's day falls on a Sunday. She gave me her mother's day craft/gift that day itself.
KB on the other hand remembered to hide the mom's day gifts he made at his school. This morning he was so excited about Mother's day, he woke up bright and early at 6.00 a.m. No chance of sleeping in once he wakes up. I was in bed but of course answering his questions non stop. He woke up and immediately ran to his hiding spot and got out the stuff and brought it to my bed. KG woke up too and this is how it went. KB gave me the stuff and I looked at the gifts and read his card and sounded very happy and excited. KG said to him, "But we celebrated mother's day yesterday". For KG anything that is not today is yesterday even if it is a month back. KB, the logic boy, said to her "But KG, that was a pretend celebration, today is actually Mother's day". KG immediately raises her voice and said, "NO KB! Mother's day was yesterday". "NO, TODAY!". While poor mom is lying in bed with the two kids sitting on either side, fighting over mother's day and it is just ten minutes past 6.00 a.m.! Well, shouldn't complain. Waking up to two beings who make me feel like I am alive because of how much I feel for them unconditionally is a true blessing. Thank you God for giving me this blessing - to really feel what it is to love someone truly unconditionally. I really don't know if it is possible to feel this for any one other than for your own children (by own I mean, the kids who you consider your own children because you raise them). May be things change when they become adults, I don't know, but when they are children, it is truly a powerful and pure feeling. Wanting the absolute best for them without any doubt what so ever. Praying most earnestly to that power up there to keep them safe and healthy. That untarnished feeling of genuine love - it does feel good to be a mother and feel that. I hope all of you had a wonderful mother's day!