I’m not big on Mother’s Day. I know…I’m a party poop-er. I am so practical and don’t like my kids making a big deal of it. In all reality, Mother’s Day is another commercial holiday made up so one, we can honor our mothers but TWO…a way for retailers to make money. I tell my kids all the time…DO NOT DO ANYTHING FOR ME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
It means so much more to me if the kids help me do something around the house when they are home…pick up something for me if they are out thrifting (yep, all five of our kiddos like thrifting)…or call me and keep me up to date on their life. Spontaneous things for no reason is what I love best of all….I love “just thinking of you things” that happen on any other day of the year except Mother’s Day.
I hate “obligation” gifts. I hate the thought of the kids trying to think of something to get me. I hate when they go together to get something for me and one of the kids doesn’t pay….
I also don’t like how hard it is for others on the other side of the day wishing they were a mother and can’t be…mom’s who lost their children before their time and even ones who are pregnant and wish they weren’t… There are all sorts of women out there who Mother’s Day is hard for.
Sorry..I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s Mother’s Day…I’m telling you how I see the day.
Anyway…Kalissa surprised with something that was perfect for me this weekend.
I had gone to Decorah and was doing errands. I had called Kalissa before I left wondering if she needed anything. Kalissa is great at picking things up for me when she is in town so I return the favor if I can. I ended up needing to go to her house before I could go to town. While there, Kalissa and Craig were telling me all about their plans for the day. There is a privacy fence between their house and the neighbor house. It needed some attention and Craig was hoping to power wash it and then start the long task of resealing it.
We parted ways..Craig going to get the power washer..me going to do the errands. Kalissa ended up calling me a couple times while I was in town, adding to her list of things she wanted me to get. It took me so long in town. That’s what happens when I can’t get my thrifting obsession in check…I have to stop at all of the thrift stores!!
Anyway…I finally got done in town, drove back to Waucoma and stopped at Kalissa’s to drop her things off. This is what I immediately saw….
Kalissa had taken the power washer and “cleaned” “I (heart) MOM” into her fence that she was suppose to be power washing….silly girl. I sure do love her though.
That’s my kind of Mother’s Day! Thoughtful and sincere, cost free and simple. Thanks Kalissa!!