I used to wonder why there were never any Mother/Son banquets or get-togethers around Mother’s Day each year. Mother/Daughter banquets or teas are hosted by many churches and organizations, but where are the Mother/Son activities?
Then I had boys. My boys have caused me to realize that no such Mother/Son gathering would be acceptable. These banquets would require them to sit still and perhaps run a comb through their hair. I can’t even get them to sit in my lap while I read to them, let alone get them to attend a tea with me.
It would be wonderful if someday I could experience a Mother/Daughter banquet with my own daughter, but for now I experience them as the daughter of a wonderful mother. In the meantime, here are some possible ways that mothers and sons can celebrate their relationship on Mother’s Day:
- You could, indeed, have a Mother’s Day tea as long as there was a chance that the ‘bad guys’ would come and wreck it and your sons were able to save the day.
- Grab some toy trucks and pretend to be at a monster truck rally.
- Go to Lowe’s and sit on every tractor that they have there.
- Sit in the dirt together with the variety of diggers they seem to have and get to work.
- Jump in mud puddles together.
- Go to the nearest train station and watch the trains come in and out.
- Construct swords out of foam and have an epic sword fight dressed in superhero clothing.
- Water gun battle.
- Find some swings and slides, which will inevitably turn into them jumping off of the swings and slides.
- Sand and sand toys.
My boys are pretty simple. They don’t want to dress up and go anywhere. Heck, half of the time I can’t get them to wear pants. But, I have truly come to love their simplicity and have started to understand the way their minds work. They would LOVE to do any of these things with me and we often do them right in our own backyard.
Whether you are the mother of boys, girls, or both, we all celebrate Mother’s Day all year long. I don’t need to have a once-a-year banquet to celebrate the relationship I have with my kids. Like all children, they just want to spend time with their mom and laugh and have fun. I can honestly say that I have laughed and had more fun since I became I mom than any other time in my life. I am covered in way more dirt than I anticipated, but that’s okay.
Happy Mother’s Day! And by all means, put that dandelion bouquet picked just for you in your best vase and display it for all to see.