For Cruz, Aiden and Rocco
If you give a mom a day without the kids,
First off, she won’t know what to do.
She’ll probably start by making herself a nice hot cup of coffee and then will think to herself, “Forget this- TREAT YO SELF GIRL!” and take herself to Starbucks to enjoy a Venti something or other.
She’ll be reminded by the gift cards at the register that it’s someone’s birthday and she’s not gotten a thing.
When she searches her purse once more to buy a gift card, she’ll discover her favorite polish and call the nail salon to see if she can squeeze in a mani-pedi appointment.
She’ll arrive at the nail salon.
As she’s walking in, she’ll run into the coach for her middle son’s football team who’ll remind her that it’s her turn to bring team snacks for tomorrow’s game.
She’ll be struck with guilt for forgetting and reschedule the nail appointment to drive herself to Target to grab the snacks.
Once she’s got the snacks in the cart at Target, she’ll peruse the Home Decor section for a few updated pieces to the living room.
While looking at all the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia items, she’ll remember that her girlfriend is still waiting on her RSVP to a girl’s weekend at the Magnolia Market at the Silos.
She’ll go to pay for the snacks and the 37 items she found for the living room so that she can go into her SUV to call her girlfriend to tell her she is definitely going.
While on the phone in her parked car, she’ll find the lost sneaker her youngest son has been missing since February (that doesn’t fit now, of course!)
Her girlfriend will remind her of the girls’ weekend and she’ll check the calendar once more, only to realize it falls on the same weekend as her oldest son’s basketball tournament.
Struck with guilt once more, she’ll drive herself to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to drown her woes in the largest cup of Chocolate Caramel/Midnight Chocolate Mint frozen yogurt.
Once she’s topped it off with a hearty dollop of Kraft Cool Whip, Nutella, sprinkles, gummy worms, mangos, pineapple chunks, and peaches (because she’s gotta get her fruits in sometime!), she’ll sit down to enjoy that first delicious bite.
Just then, she’ll get a phone call from her husband who’ll ask her if she’s enjoying her kid-free, stress-free day.
He’ll proceed to remind her that this day was all about her and not to worry herself with anything that needs to be done in regards to the kids.
After she’s had a tiny cry and pep talk with herself, she’ll go take a stroll around the park to work off as much of the frozen yogurt as possible.
Her smart watch will buzz letting her know she’s reached her steps goal for the day.
After a little celebratory dance, she’ll take everything that her husband said earlier into consideration and try to just focus on herself.
She may even go somewhere with a patio for a late lunch. She might not think of all the to-do’s that come with being a mom or all the tasks that need to be done by a certain day. But she may stop and think of those little humans who rely on her and love her more than they’ll ever know how to explain.
Because, you see, even if you give mom a day [without the kids] they’re always with her and she won’t know what to do without them.