Valentine's Day? Meh. I know he loves me. Supermarket flowers and a card are plenty special. A nice dinner at home and some "grown-up" time and everyone is happy. A bottle or two of champagne couldn't hurt.
Christmas? I love Christmas but for me it's more about giving than receiving. Ask anyone. I'm not full of crap, I swear.
My Birthday? Okay, I admit it. I'm a big kid and I love to celebrate my birthday (even if I'm not so thrilled with the "number" attached anymore). But nobody has to do it for me. It's MY birthday so I'll throw a party, or ask people to go out or whatever. I don't need to be catered to. I just want friends around me.
But Mother's Day? I hold Mother's Day in a high regard. I have two amazing kids who are (mostly) polite, sweet, loving, good sharers and good listeners. (Geez, I said MOSTLY) Plus they are cute as buttons. All that didn't happen by accident! It's some quality mothering, for which, I expect to be appreciated! It's one day. Do it up right.
All we ask is for some appreciation. It doesn't have to be expensive gifts or fancy dinners. Just something thoughtful that says "I know how hard you work to make this family happy and I know you well enough to know this would make you feel special." Not something that says "I passed the gas station on the way home from work and remembered that mother's day was coming up so I got you a lighter and a bag of your favorite chips."
I am not proud to say that my husband and I had an argument about this very topic a week ago. I won't embarrass either of us with the details but it wasn't pretty. Whatever. We worked it out. He understands how important Mother's Day is to me and I understand why he didn't understand that before.
Yesterday he called and asked me for my shoe size. YES! Nearly 19 years together was all it took for him to figure out that you can't go wrong with SHOES!!!
When I got home he said that wanted me to close my eyes so he could try them on me because if they didn't fit he wanted to make sure he could exchange them before Mother's Day. Awww! I did. I felt like Cinderella! They fit and BIG Kudos to him because he bought a size up because he thought they looked small. You should've seen his face. That look on his face is what it's all about! He was so proud that he found something for me that fit and I will like. He was slightly disappointed because he thought I could wear them on vacation and they are definitely not "walking around Disney World" comfortable. However, I'll certainly bring them to wear out to dinner or something.
I didn't peek but if I know anything, I know shoes and I have a pretty good idea of what they look like just from the feel. I can just about guarantee that they are espadrille wedges, open toe with a canvas knot on top and slingback. Just about they only thing I don't know is the color. I'm guessing it's some kind of print. They felt like a print.
He said he got me a matching hat too. Awwwwwwwwwww!
That's all I needed. Something that shows he thought about ME. Oh, that reminds me. There's one more thing I want. TO SLEEP IN! And I mean, for real. Usually sleeping in around here means he gets up with the kids and I sleep until 8:00 before the kids come to wake me up. I want to sleep until I wake up on my own. Whatever time that may be. Then I'll be happy to open my new shoes. After coffee, please!
See how easy to please I am!
Happy Mother's Day, Ladies!
Make 'em feel special, Guys!