On Valentine’s Day, we talked about simplicity, and about giving your loved one a single piece of chocolate. Now let’s talk about Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is not at all simple for families with young children. Mother’s Day tends to be a production.
For years, the cartoon comics were about the kids making breakfast for mom and delivering it to her in bed, leaving a trail of dirty dishes and spilled food for her to clean up. The thought is great, but, as a mom who had breakfast delivered to her in bed, let me tell you what really goes through her head.
First, it’s, “Oh, no. I should have gotten up when the alarm first went off.”
Next, it’s, “Oh, no. Someone is going to get hurt.”
Then, it’s, “Oh, no, I’m going to be cleaning the kitchen for hours.”
There is tension, and a real struggle to stay physically put, waiting to be surprised—in spite of the noise, the arguments, and the suspicious smell of something burning.
The reality is that breakfast in bed is fraught with danger for a mom. But then—once the tray is safely delivered and the kids are spread out on the bed with expectant smiles, just waiting for mom’s praise—there is a moment of amazement. It lasts a full minute, too, before someone bounces on the bed and the juice spills.
Dinner isn’t much better unless someone in the family is a chef. It’s not a date night, because you don’t leave your kids behind on Mother’s Day, right? So it’s delivery, or take out, or a family restaurant. Gone are the days of gazing into someone’s eyes across the table, where a candle burns and a high-end meal is brought to the table on real china.
No, moms blow out the candles so no one plays with the fire, and the meal is most likely served on paper with leftovers taken home in cardboard or Styrofoam. Still, dinner has its own moment of amazement on Mother’s Day. It’s that moment when mom looks at her family and realizes that this is her closest tribe, the people who love her unconditionally, the people who look up to her to learn how to be decent human beings.
So, guess what, it’s great for Mother’s Day to be a production. It means that mom is valued, that dad or partner is trying to teach that value to the children, and that the children are learning to honor their mother.
And, with a little luck, she is learning to stay put so they can give her what she really wants: a moment of amazement.
For something really easy, leave this recipe out on the table for the kids to find a few days before Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to have all the ingredients handy in the refrigerator!
- Spray 12 muffin cups or use foil liners.
- Crush three tater tots in the bottom of each cup.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the following:
- 9 eggs
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 cup cheddar-jack cheese
- 1 cup pre-cooked sausage crumbles
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/8 t. black pepper
- Pour mixture into the baked tater tots, being careful not to overfill (remember, the pan will be hot)
- Return pan to oven and bake an additional 25 minutes.
- Serve muffins with fruit, coffee, juice, and a flower on the side!
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