This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to take a couple days off from common core, and address the beautiful mothers of the world. This coming Sunday is your day, Mothers! A time for you to be recognized for all you do, a day to treat yourself. For some of you that means you get to pick how you would like to spend the day. Well to that , I say:
Now like you, I have seen all the posts about pampering yourselves lists of ideas on how to do this. They talk of Mani-Pedis and bubble baths, romantic dinners, and Sunday brunches. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these things! They are wonderful, but sometimes we have to take a more…unorthodox approach to life.
I Couldn’t Help But Grumble
A few weeks ago my 6 year-old and I went out for some alone time. He got to pick what he wanted to do, so we ended up at a local place that is filled with inflatables. It appeared to be a typical Saturday for this place, as it was filled with children jumping away and going through obstacles and down slides.
All the parents looked the same with their coffee in hand and chatting up their spouse or a fellow parent. My big-eyed little boy bounded into the inflatable filled with basket ball hoops and soccer nets and started jumping away. Within minutes he was calling my name and begging me to join him.
I couldn’t help but grumble a little. I hadn’t planned on participating in the inflatables. “Are parents even allowed on these?”, I thought to myself. But I sucked it up. Squeezed through the small opening and walked over to my son. He was so excited that I’d joined him that his eyes lit up. Before I knew it we were jumping and giggling. Other kids were joining us.
That few minutes jumping around on that silly inflatable was so liberating! I felt like a kid again! Even if it was for a few brief moments, all the crap from being an adult was lifted and I was transported back to being a child on my friends trampoline.
So this Mother’s Day I want you to challenge you to treat yourself by allowing yourself to act like a kid. Just for a little while, allow yourself the grace to forget all the adult responsibilities, daily tasks, and stress that goes along with life. Allow yourself to be carefree!
What was your favorite activity as a child? What is the one thing that even to this day, can transform you back to feeling like a kid? Was is roller skating, swinging at the playground, jumping on trampolines? This Mother’s Day I am challenging you to try a new way to treat yourself. For one day, remember what it’s like to be filled with wonder, excitement and laughter and enjoy life with yourself and your family.
I know where I will be!