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Moms Rule
Sunday, May. 09, 2004, 1:50 a.m.

QUESTION: Is breakfast in bed really an option?

WHAT I LEARNED: Mother's Day comes but once a year.

How quiet it is. What will it be like when the routinely noisy, sometimes annoying, often frenetic, always creative, activities of teenagers are replaced with an empty nest and all the quiet I can eat? Tonight is a temporary interlude Ė a calm in the eye of a storm. My daughter is spending the night at a friendís home. My son is sick with a good case of spring allergies and consequently is actually upstairs in bed sleeping. I hardly know what to do with myself.

I think Iíll start though with the last thing my son said to me tonight before dropping off to sleep Ė Happy Motherís Day, Mom. What a great thing for a mom to hear at just a bit after midnight on this particular Saturday night - the night before our big day. Yes, itís now officially Motherís Day and I have to admit that I am feeling rather psyched about it. Tomorrow is a big day for me. I have my own holiday and I donít take it lightly. Oh, itís not about all those hours in childbirth, or the hundreds (perhaps thousands of diapers changed). Itís not about having to assist with interminable hours of homework, or preparing all those wonderful dinners (even if some of them were from a box with a big Hamburger Helper label on it). Itís not about watching Cinderella and the Land Before Time at least 50 times each or reading 3 picture books every night to each kid until they no longer desired the reading of picture books at bedtime. Itís about love. Itís about the other 364 days a year.

Also, itís about getting to eat where I want to eat for once. Itís about blowing off all the household chores and sleeping extra late. Itís about being the recipient of presents and cards that my kids pondered over and succeeded in creating or inducing Dad to purchase. And itís about the $4,000 vibrating chair that my son truly wishes he could buy me because my back and shoulders are often stiff and sore after a long day at work. Itís about my daughter saying that it doesnít matter where she wants to eat tomorrow because itís my day and I get to choose. Itís about my son trying to win a Motherís Day raffle so he can provide me an exotic trip to someplace that would probably surprise me and require the purchase of a timeshare. Itís about my daughter calling me at 12:30 AM tonight to tell me that she and her friend were going out to Wendyís and is it okay to spend the money and besides - she didnít want me to think she was out after midnight when she had said she would be in for the night. Now this is the kind of stuff that makes moms smile.

I love Motherís Day.

However, my son told me on the QT that my husband passed on buying me the latest Sims expansion pack Ė an item highly recommended for mom by my 14-year old. The kid was right Ė he knows that I love the Sims and all those darn expansion packs. Iím not worried though. Tomorrow is Motherís Day and I think Iíll do a little expansion pack shopping while Iím celebrating the joys of motherhood.

Donít worry, honey. Fatherís Day is just around the corner. Can you say Ė Hawaiian shirts? The kids and I can.

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