Thank you so much for all the gifts you have given me for Mother’s Day over the past five years since our first child was born. I truly appreciate the flowers, bracelets and massage gift certificates that you have been so generous with. You are so thoughtful, and I know you always like to get me something special during this time of year but sometimes struggle with figuring out what I would like. In order to help you, I wanted to share with you my “wish list” for this Mother’s Day.
1. Sleep*. The best gift imaginable. Nothing would please me more then some uninterrupted shut-eye. “I’ll get up with the kids” are the most beautiful words I could hear at 6:00 a.m. on a weekend morning. Taking a nap alone in my bed in the middle of the afternoon would be heavenly. Having you jump up when “Mommy!” is yelled in the middle of the night = perfection.
2. An hour alone for self-grooming. Since having our second child this past fall, it is difficult to find time for myself. I would thoroughly enjoy some quiet time to do things such as, but not limited to: plucking my eyebrows, applying make-up, shaving my legs or washing my hair. I would feel like a new woman. No need for a trip to the spa.
3. An afternoon in Target by myself. The thought of aimlessly wandering throughout the store alone, sipping a Starbucks and buying things that are not on my list sounds absolutely glorious. Shopping for cleaning supplies and paper products never sounded so wonderful. Sigh…
4. Time with my girlfriends without our children. It has been too long. I nostalgically remember the days of being able to have time with my friends without all our children in tow. I would love to have some bonding time with them now that does not occur during a play date. You are a wonderful confidant and partner, but there is nothing like the benefit of true “girl time” every once in awhile.
5. Time to enjoy a good book. Besides Internet blog posts and the tickers that scroll across the bottom of the television, I haven’t really read in a long time. You know I love to read – oh, how I love to read! Getting lost in a new book (a real, honest-to-goodness, hard copy book) and escaping the responsibilities of adulting for a short time would be amazing. Please and thank you.
This is not an extensive list by any means, but merely a top five for your reference. Please note that gifting anything on this list would elevate you to “Husband of the Year” status. Remember, it’s the little things.
* Please, please, pretty please
[This post was published on The Huffington Post on May 2, 2016]