Despite television and magazine advertisements suggesting that you spoil me with breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day, I am here to tell you that you most certainly may not. As in NO!! Don’t you even dare.
Here is why. Firstly, I do not want my bedroom smelling of weird things like eggs. Secondly, I do not actually enjoy eating in bed as it reminds me too much of being in hospital. Finally, one of you are more than likely to hurl yourself superhero style at my bed from the doorway whilst I am eating and my breakfast will end up smeared all over my new white linen.
I really do not know why so many brands try to sell you on the idea that moms want nothing more than to have you buy us expensive flowers on Mother’s Day; or send us to a “well deserved” day at the spa; or even that we want nothing more than to spend the day smooching your little faces together and telling you how much we love you en route to a set three course meal luncheon. Can you say false advertising my babies?
Let me be honest with you guys, they are right about one thing; being a mom is really really hard.
I have to worry pretty much all the time. Are you safe? Are you sick? Are you smart enough? Are you feeling loved? Are you making good friend choices? Will there be jobs for you when you grow up? Will you ever learn to find your own stuff? Will you be aimless and apathetic if I am not firm enough with you? Will you be egotistical and arrogant if I am too firm with you? Must I tell you that you suck really badly at something or just let you do it anyway? Will you turn into fat, sugar slobbering, unwashed, unkempt, hoarders of rubbish who do nothing but sit on the couch and watch TV if I had to leave you to your own devices, even just for 48 hours? Will you find your own greatness within? Will you be happy? How will you ever grow up to be motivated and kind, gentle and generous, respectful and honourable if I cannot even make you look at people when they talk to you?
Can you imagine for just one minute what it must be like to have to worry about this kind of stuff all day long? (And so as you know, I do it even while you are hanging on my pants and yelling ‘MOM!!’ at me for the hundredth time in one day.) All this loving you, all this dreaming dreams for you, all this working to have the very best for you both now and later on, it is tiring. It is a bit like trying to carry all your own stuff down to the beach – only much much harder.
So do you know what it is that us moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day? I have a list. (Quick aside: lists are invaluable life organization tools.) You should know that I checked with some other moms too before making this list just in case you think you got landed with the only weirdo who doesn’t eat breakfast in bed.
We want you to stop fighting with each other. (Preferably always but just for Mother’s day is good too.)
We want you not to follow us to the loo. (Preferably always but just for Mother’s day is good too.)
We do not want to yell. We do not want you to yell. No yelling. At all. (Preferably always but just for Mother’s day is good too.)
We want you to let us read our books in peace. (Preferably always but just for Mother’s day is good too.)
We want to not have to make dinner. Or lunch. Or a snack. Or the other snack.
We want the whole day (will settle for part of) to ourselves, to not have to worry. Or even think. (Do not freak out; we will be back on duty on Monday. Dad will be your go to.)
Those things are all great, and we will love any one of them. But now this next one coming, this is the real “BOOM” of Mother’s Day kiddos.
We want to know that you think we are doing a great job of being mom. Yes, really. You know how when your hockey team is losing and you are looking all down and feeling defeated? And you know how I then stand close to the field so that I can catch your eye just to give you thumbs up which means that you can do it but also that I love you? And you know how I keep doing it until you smile?
Well my sweet dear children, sometimes us moms need that too. One thumbs up. Just that. Nothing else.
Love your mom.
PS Today’s recipe for Bagels with Scrambled Eggs, Proscuitto & Truffle Oil is a simple but top notch breakfast; perfect not only for Mother’s Day brunch but any other day too. Just not in bed.
- 4 eggs
- 45 ml (3 T) milk
- Butter for frying
- 2 bagels, toasted and smeared with butter
- 4 slices prosciutto
- truffle oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl together with the milk.
- Heat the butter in a small frying pan.
- Add the eggs and cook over medium heat stirring continuously until soft cooked.
- Remove from the heat.
- Place the prosciutto on the bottom half of the bagel.
- Top with the eggs.
- Drizzle with a little truffle oil and cracked black pepper
- Serve hot.