Happy (day after) Mother’s Day! Or, uh, should I rename it “Disappointment Day?”
I can’t take credit for that name—it was Philippe’s brainchild. A few days before Mother’s Day I saw yet another ad for “Don’t forget Mom!” and said jokingly to my family, “Hey! It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! Hope you’re prepared!”
Philippe, always the jokester, replied wryly, “Oh, you mean ‘Disappointment Day?’”
We all laughed and then my stomach dropped a little because a part of me was like, “Uh oh, have they forgotten? Do they have anything prepared for me?”
And that, in a nutshell, is why Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, or any day on which you place an extra ordinate amount of expectation and pressure, can become “Disappointment Day.”
What to do?
Stop expecting. Stop anticipating. Stop being attached. Take whatever it is as it comes, find what you love most about it, and ignore the rest.
Our culture has built up Mother’s Day so much that every Father is pretty much screwed. For him to “live up to” the expectations of most Americans is, well, not too likely. And that ain’t the best ever.
Mother’s Day is a practice like anything else. A chance to do your best. To stop, breathe, and enjoy—the little miracle(s) that you created. Yeah, you DID THAT! You CREATED THAT LITTLE PERSON! And you nurture and raise your creation(s) 24/7 and for that, I say YOU ROCK SUPER-MOM.
We all do it differently and that’s cool. We’re all Super-moms because we show up, day in and day out, and do our best with breath.
Have the best day ever!
Taylor plus 5
Ps. Happy Birthday to Super-mom.com. 4 years old on Mother’s Day 2012.