I remember when I was a kid we would start weeks in advance badgering my mother to tell us what she wanted for Mother’s Day. It went without saying she was going to get The Mother’s Day Special – Breakfast in Bed.
-Eggs cooked to order (but served cold and rubbery)
-Hockey Puck Biscuits (use your back teeth)
-Bacon (You’ll be cleaning up grease ’til Christmas)
That breakfast fare was going down no matter what. It was a tradition. But we always asked her what else she wanted.
Every single year, without fail, she would request the exact same thing…
“All I want for Mother’s Day is Peace and Harmony. I just want everyone in my family to love each other and get along!”
Hmmmm…no can do…what’s your second choice?
I can remember, as a young girl, thinking ‘she must have a tiny screw loose.’ We are offering to buy you a real gift Lady! With your own money! And we will more than likely fight over who got you the best thing. Also a tradition.
Even as we got older, we remained as puzzled as ever by her annual heartfelt request…
Who does she think she is? One of The Beatles?
My siblings and I came of age during the height of this country’s peace movement. We grew up listening to all the hits cranked out by the former Beatles, who couldn’t seem to get along in the original group, but managed to take a stand afterward; constantly beseeching the world for peace after they were solo artists.
They each had a “peace song,” except for John Lennon, who had two.
None of us were averse to giving peace a chance, but we had been saving up our allowances for weeks and, budding Capitalists that we were, we wanted to go to the 5&Dime and give merchandise a chance.
In spite of her stubborn resistance, we managed to give Doris some fabulous gifts through the years:
I made us matching Mother/Daughter halter tops in 1972 during my halter-top making phase. Now that I think about it, I don’t recall ever seeing Mom in hers, but I sported mine on the daily.
A few years later, I saved $10 of my babysitting money and bought her a Collector’s Edition Plate from Avon. I rode home from the Avon lady’s house on my bike with the plate in a bag, which slid off my handlebars while I was trying to get my kick-stand down. Mama said the nick “gave the plate character!”
One year my brother, sister and I spent an entire day assembling Mom a scrapbook. We argued loudly and incessantly the entire afternoon over which pictures to include. The oldest child, my sister, always won – So I got the last word years later by writing a blog.
It was a boon if Dad stepped in with financial assistance, because his participation significantly increased our Mother’s Day gift budget. This allowed us to procure:
-perfume she didn’t use (an assault on her sinuses)
-necklaces she rarely wore (moms don’t like heart shaped jewelry as much as people think) and
-outfits she wouldn’t be caught dead in.
But the one thing I know for a fact – we never gave the woman the peace and harmony she so desperately craved.
But it’s okay. They say “Paybacks are Hell.” We are all 3 parents now, beseeching our own kids for peace and harmony.
And, like The Beatles, we know we will never get it. But we’ll take a strong stand for it, nonetheless.
As we wait patiently for our own kids to be parents.