Mother’s Day is coming up soon and it has gotten me to thinking about my Mother’s Day Bucket List. I am going to give it to you straight. I have had a weeks worth of the longest “mom days” ever. Well, I have had worse, but this week has been very long. So I might be daydreaming a bit with this post, but, hey, a Mama can dream. Right?!?!
Merriam-Webster defines bucket list as, “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.”
My Mother’s Day Bucket List
- To be able to walk across my floor without stepping on anything other than carpet or tile! I mean, nothing sticky, nothing squishy, nothing wet, nothing sharp, no stickers, no Legos…just carpet or tile. Oh! And no grapes or bananas!
- A whine-free activity with my family. No complaining. We just have fun together as a family. Everyone is happy!
- Regular date night with my husband! Maybe once or twice a month.
- To be able to sleep in every other weekend! I’ll be honest with you, at this point, I would take sleeping past 7:00 as a win.
- To have my house professional cleaned ONCE a month, including ceiling fans and laundry. I would literally take a picture of my empty laundry basket.
- To have a mani/pedi. Sadly, it has been awhile.
- An uninterrupted bubble bath. No screaming. No yelling. No banging on the door. No little fingers wiggling under the door. No kiddie toys in my bathtub.
- To spend one night, in a hotel, ALONE. I could read, sleep, watch tv, anything I wanted to do.
- Go to the bathroom alone. No screaming. No yelling. No banging on the door. No little fingers wiggling under the door.
- To have a peaceful nap. I can’t remember the last time I had a nap.
- To do yoga, alone, without my toddler thinking it is “crawl on top of mommy” time or let’s roll under mama while she is doing the downward dog.
- Reading time, daily!
- To be able to eat a cookie without having to share. Bahahaha!
- To be able to finish a full cup of coffee without reheating it at least 10 times, and then eventually forgetting it in the microwave.
- To be able to eat a meal without having to get up a trillion times.
- Buy me a new wardrobe.
- A day without any electronics and no complaining about having no electronics.
- Spa day twice a year.
- A thorough cleaning of my truck, inside and outside.
- A day off from all household chores.
- TV time, uninterrupted, whatever I want to watch.
- Netflix and Hulu time! No children accounts.
- One day of not fighting. No screaming. Just everyone getting along.
- To be able to take away my mom guilt.
- To be able to not feel bad for actually wanting the things on this list. To realize that wanting these things doesn’t make me a bad mama.
Here is the thing, even as I sit here and write this, feeling exhausted and guilty for it being one of those days that I was counting down the minutes until bedtime, I realize that I am blessed beyond measure. Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever done, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I know that one day, I am going to miss the screaming, yelling, sticky, wet spots on my floor because when all that is gone it will mean my kids are grown and out of the house living their own lives. It will mean that I have completed my job. Then I will have all the time in the world to sleep in, watch TV, get mani/pedis, and take days off. Take it one day at a time. One day you will miss this, every crazy, loud, dirty, cold cup of coffee moment of it.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31