I laughed myself silly while watching last night's episode of "The Middle." And then I realized that when I was young, I often played the role of Sue Heck. And that's not funny. I can't blame myself, though, I was just a kid. I blame my dad.
The episode was about Mother's Day and began with mom Frankie being awakened way too early by her kids arguing while preparing mom's special breakfast. Throughout the episode comparisons are made between Father's Day and Mother's Day celebrations. Frankie declares Father's Day successful because it's run by mothers. The show ends with Frankie deciding that the day after Mother's Day is for moms while Mother's Day is for kids. You can watch the entire episode here at ABC's website.
If you want to make Mother's Day about, um, mom, here are some tips:
Sleeping: Let mom sleep as late or awaken as early as she'd like. Don't stomp into her room at 6 a.m. And don't be loud.
Breakfast in bed: Skip it. This is one of those good-in-theory but bad-in-reality ideas. It's often messy, especially if little kids are involved. It's safe to assume that mom doesn't want to spend her day in the laundry room washing syrup out of a comforter. Breakfast at the table, with the kids assigned to clean the dishes afterward, or brunch at a restaurant would be better.
Presents: Don't buy something just because it's "girly." Buy something that mom will actually like. Yes, this will take some thought but, no, it doesn't have to cost a lot. A family photo (where mom looks good) in a nice frame would be lovely. A stack of mom's favorite magazines and an hour of quiet time would be perfect for the frazzled, pop culture loving mom.
Church: How about giving mom time to get herself ready instead of spending her morning getting everyone else ready? And make sure, on this one day, that everyone is dressed in mom-appropriate clothes. Earn bonus points by giving mom a special corsage or piece of jewelry to wear or a cute new bag to carry.
The little things: Clean up your messes, tidy the living room and don't drag dirt into the house. You know, take care of all those little tasks that mom usually does.
On Mother's Day, it really is the thought that counts. So when you're planning the celebration, think like mom.