I know Mother’s Day isn’t officially until Sunday, but in our house, Mother’s day was today.
Because today was the day of the Mother’s Day lunch at BC’s kinder.
He’s been looking forward to it since he first told me last Wednesday.
Every day since then he’s asked me about 20 times – ‘When is Mother’s Day at kinder?’.
He was thrilled about me, and all the other mums, coming to kinder to have lunch with all the kids. He was also very happy about the (secret) present he was making for me.
It’s the first time he’s been excited about Mother’s Day and I was surprised by how much it touched me.
This morning, from the moment he woke up, he was super, super excited. He asked me several times when I dropped him off what time I would be back. He even said ‘Don’t forget Mother’s Day lunch’.
He needn’t have worried, I’ve been far too looking forward to it too to forget!
I returned at 11.30, as scheduled, with a very sleepy little Bean (who’d been dragged from his morning nap to unwillingly attend).
We firstly did a dance with all the other mums and kids. I was proud that BC knew most of the moves.
We then dined on vegetable soup and damper, prepared by the children (both very delicious!) and a yummy slice made by a parent.
We ended with us being given a gift made by our children, which is still sitting on the top of the bookshelf.
BC insists I should be opening it today because today is Mother’s Day.
And I think he’s right. It feels like Mother’s Day to me.
But still, I am going to wait until Sunday to open it, only because I want to hold on to this warm fuzzy feeling just a little longer.
Since my own mother passed away when I was 17, Mother’s Day has always been a sad kind of day for me. All the advertising and happy family images just rubbed salt in the wound that I didn’t have that special person in my life any more. I’d learned to steer clear of the media in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day. (I had, and still have, other special days when I remember and celebrate my mum).
For this reason, Mother’s Day has never really mattered much to me since actually becoming a mum myself, but now that it matters to my child, it suddenly seems like a really, really special day to me.
I will look forward to Mother’s Day in future years when both BC and later on Little Bean want to celebrate this special day with me.
Happy Mother’s Day (for the ‘official’ Mother’s Day on Sunday) to all the mothers out there!! I hope you get spoilt rotten! You deserve it xo