(I'm posting this a little early, so that the Powers That Be can have a heads-up in their planning this year. I don't believe in playing "Guess What's In My Head." Here it is, folks. Make it happen.)
(OK, so it's a picture from December, but it's the most recent one I have.)
A PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY:
No presents. Instead, everyone writes a note to me telling me what I do right as a mother, and what they like about me.
No breakfast in bed. Instead, someone else plans, shops for, cooks and cleans up lunch and dinner so that the kitchen is clean all day. I don't care what we eat—sandwiches, breakfast for dinner, spaghetti. I just don't want to have to think about food at all, the way the rest of you do all the other days of the year: show up, and there's food! And I'd like someone else to do the dishes, promptly, all day.
Absolutely no fighting all day. No unkind words for me to overhear for the whole day long.
All day, I get to do whatever I want. And when I invite someone else to join me (for a walk, or a card game, or a read-aloud), they act delighted and say yes.
A FEW EXTRAS THAT WOULD BE NICE BUT ARE NOT EXPECTED OR NECESSARY FOR ME TO HAVE A GREAT DAY:
I don't want you to make me breakfast in bed because I get up an hour before anyone else does, and I like my cereal. However, I would LOVE some crepes later in the morning, if someone wanted to make some. I like them with Nutella.
I would LOVE it if, when I woke up, the house was clean, including bedrooms, and that it stayed clean all day.
I would LOVE it if each boy made some sort of progress on their Eagle/Duty to God during the day, and showed it to me.