Sunday was my first Mother’s Day. Confused? You should be. Lincoln is 16 months old after all.
I’m counting it as my first because last year I was still in daughter mode forgetting the day was for me, too. I’m sure it’s expected—I’ve been celebrating my mom on this special day for 30 years. It’s a hard habit to break.
Last year we took my mom to the Aviary. We’ve done that for at least five years. My mom enjoyed herself, but it wasn’t until all the hubbub settled that I realized I didn’t have a good day. Sorry, but I didn’t. I hate birds. HATE them. I’m glad mom had a nice time looking at them, but I. HATE. THEM.
I took here there, though, because she likes it and, after all, it was Mother’s Day. You do what the mom what’s to do. But, what do you do when you’re the mom, too?
Mom didn’t mind we didn’t go to the Aviary. Like me, she just wanted to be together.
I wonder if it’s hard for her to give up the day that was just once for her, though. We’re not selfish people here, but we do like our “special” days. I mean, we work so hard every other day, right? It’s nice twice a year (Mother’s Day and our birthday) to say the day is for ME.
This year we hit up an excellent brunch buffet and went to the park. After my mom went home, Lincoln and I snuggled on the couch—my idea of a good time. I think we created a new tradition.
It was still hard for me to not focus completely on my mom. Should I have still? Should I have gone to the Aviary? (Remember, we can go there any time.) I’m feeling guilty.
Was it difficult for you to switch out of daughter mode for your first Mother’s Day? Is it still?
Erin Hill is a first-time mom to Lincoln, who was born in January 2010. She's learning as she goes and is experiencing everything a new mom goes through while seeing the humor, irony, and enjoyment in her adventures.
Erin is a full-time technical writer and features freelance writer in her "spare time." She lives in Plum with Lincoln, her husband, Adam, their dog, Roxie, and five (yes, five) cats, Nirvana, Gary Roberts, Elvis, Talbot and Forrest.