My family is not big on holidays. For example, had I not dropped a subtle hint, Mother’s Day could have been completely forgotten this year! Even though they can be forgetful, my family is very generous. Past gifts included rose bushes for the garden, as I prefer flowers with roots over cut ones.
This Mother’s Day, I neither need nor want material items. I am tired of the consumer culture we live in that make us feel each holiday, birthday, celebration, etc. demands a gift. It is just not sustainable.
- A clean house: A constant chore of motherhood is cleaning, laundry, picking up, etc. To have the day off from domestic chores (or a week off if they really clean!) would be a wonderful gift.
- Family work day in the garden: Spring time explodes with garden work, and it gets a little overwhelming when you try to grow most of your own food organically. Although I get help off and on, a full day of family devotion to the garden would be grand and alleviate stress in my life.
- Hot bath with a glass of organic wine in privacy: As a mother of small children, there is a never an uninterrupted, moment. I don’t believe in locking doors, but to take a hot bath, sip some organic wine, and relax would be heavenly.
- A long hike: I hike everyday, but it is rare to have the childcare necessary for a long hike. Although it may seem strange to want time away from your children on Mother’s Day, family hikes occur often enough but are limited to the three miles my five-year-old son can trek. I want to hike at least ten miles, listen to the sounds of nature, and meditate on the movement without having to give a piggy back ride.
- A nap!