Last week I sent a note out to a handful of Canberra friends who are mums asking about their hopes for Mother’s Day – favourite gifts, places to go, things to do. I figured I would put together a bit of a ‘real shopping’ guide for anyone stuck for gift ideas for Sunday. I imagined we would be talking about favourite chocolates, best place for a massage, favourite handbag retailer, best coffee, lunch, brunch, dinner etc.
But something unexpected happened.
I had a resounding response from all of them that what they really wanted was a day off. And so our online chat turned to what that would mean…
- Not having to clean, wash, cook etc.
- Having some time out to themselves
- Spending some quality time doing out-of-the-ordinary stuff with the family – a nice walk or a picnic etc.
- Resting with their feet up and a magazine in a sunny chair (OK, so I put that one in)
Yes, I do post this with full knowledge that many Rioters are likely to label me a mummyblogger and scream ‘no interest’ and some will call me on what might be assumed (incorrectly) to be non-feminist values but there it is.
For Mother’s Day, give your mum or mother of your kids… the day off. Let’s pretend it’s the 1950s and you’re the housewife. Present to her a clean house, a cooked meal and clean kids and she’ll probably be pretty happy.
Alternatively, my vote would go to as many chocolates as you can afford from CocoBlack or a massage voucher from Soma Spa. (I have been paid by neither of those venues, they are just personal favourites)