It’s Mother’s Day weekend and I’m engaging what I’ve learned in order to survive it. Managing expectations vs reality. Because my rose-colored glasses expectations would be the boundless adoration of my kids, a meal out without me cooking or cleaning up (along with a glass of wine and a good steak) and some quality bonding time with the kids after having opened beautiful cards full of love and gratitude for all the sacrifices I’ve made throughout their lives. Yes, I live in my fantasy world sometimes…and I like it there.
But it doesn’t help me when the reality is quite the opposite. Single Mom of 2 college kids who are still in the thick of exams means the full adoration party isn’t going to happen. I couldn’t help myself and I did let it ‘slip’ that it’s Mother’s Day weekend in case they didn’t know. Now I have to lay off and allow whatever is going to happen to happen.
I’m keeping my options open, but I’m also not going to sit on the couch alone in a pity party. While most of my friends will be celebrating with their families, I’ve got a tentative date to Starbucks drive thru for a mocha frappuccino and a slice of the lemon pound cake which is a favorite pick me up treat. Then if the weather’s nice, I’ll take a drive and maybe go to a farmer’s market nearby so I can pick up some flowers for myself. I am pretty simple in my needs/wants and some peonies would do nicely.
What about you? What are you planning for Mother’s Day weekend?