A Gift Idea for Mother’s Day for Mothers of Young Kids

No need for flowers
or breakfast in bed;
a handmade card will do.

What I want most of all
is for this day
to be different
than tomorrow.

I want the children dressed,
listened to,
and entertained
by someone
other than me.

I want the house tidied,
the toys put away,
the dishes done,
the food prepared,
the groceries shopped,
the linens changed,
the crumbs wiped –
and the butts, too –
by someone
other than me.

I don’t want
to buckle a car seat
and to rush someplace
that no one cares to be.

This Mother’s Day
I’d like to remember
that I am a mother,
but more,
that I am a person.
Will you help me with that?

I know that we have mothers to celebrate and thank:
my mother, your mother,
dead mothers, grandmothers, godmothers,
mothers who aren’t biologically our mothers,
but who are mothers to us, nonetheless.
Could we plan for them
on a different day?
Or, if it’s being with our kids that they’d like,
tell them that our kids
will be here with shoes and coats
at the ready
waiting to be taken
for a walk
or to the park
or for a bike ride.
They don’t sit long enough
for church
and brunch
and a play,
which means I wouldn’t be sitting
for any of that either.

Let me go to the bookstore
or the coffee shop
Let me look for a pair of pants
that fit
without having to chase a child
back into the dressing room.
Let me take a bath
and wash my hair
without playing
with a dripping wet shower curtain.

I love all that being a mother has given me,
but what I’d like most of all
for today
is to be a person.

If I could have that today,
then tomorrow –
or tonight, in the middle of the night –
I can come back refreshed
as a mother.


  • Angela

    Annie, I love this. It is so what I wished for today, and although it didn’t exactly come true, I’m hoping that somewhere in the night, maybe in my dreams, I’ll get that moment to be a person and come back tomorrow refreshed.

    May 12, 2014 at 3:06 am
  • Very well written, Annie.

    Never too late to say -Happy Mothers Day.

    May 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  • Cynthia

    Just came across your website. Love your poems! Hope you enjoyed a lovely mother’s day!

    May 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  • Anne Flavin

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    May 13, 2014 at 3:21 am

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