I love Mother’s Day. Oh yes and my birthday. But mostly Mother’s Day because it’s the one time of year that I get to say, this is my day! I’m the only one in my house who will ever have a Mother’s Day and I’m quite okay with it. So what did I do this Mother’s Day? I did exactly opposite of what other mothers with young children probably did but may have secretly wished they could’ve done. I planned myself (it might’ve been mother’s day, but I’m usually the one who comes up and follows through the any planning in this house) a child free mini vacation. That’s right, thank you children for making me a mom and now I’m running away for a few days to prove just how much I love you. Or wait, is it how much you love me? Regardless, my Mother’s Day present was to be child free. Well, I did take my husband too, after all, I needed someone to carry my suitcase.
In our two and a half days of freedom, I realized how much we really do as parents. It’s often the little day to day things which are so apart of your life, you forget you even do them. Did you grab the wipes? Has he been changed and fed? Did you get the blankie? Does Ry have his shoes? Do we have the babies shoes? Where is the stroller? Do you have your favorite animal, Ry? What about snacks, do we have enough for both? Did we remember to pack the toothbrushes?
And that’s just off the top of my head. To be able to go to a restaurant and not worry about where they seat us in case our two year old falls apart or even be able to eat dinner at a time later than seven was a truly amazing thing! I’ve forgotten what it was like just to pick up my purse and be ready to head out (sans my husband asking me if I remembered to use the bathroom. I guess he was having a little bit of child directing withdrawal.)
I think it’s important for parents, particularly parents of small children, to remember to take those child free moments when they can, even if they have to steal them a little bit at a time. To come back refreshed is a nice thing for everyone in the house. A happy parent makes for a much happier family. And so what if I did leave my children on Mother’s Day? Everyday, I get to celebrate all of the things which make me a mother (hugs, kisses, dirty laundry, spilled food, etc.) But you know, maybe we need a new holiday. We could call it Parent’s Escape Day! Then again, it might put a strain on availability for babysitters. 😉