For most moms, motherhood began with labor. Whether we were in labor for 18 minutes, or 18 hours, that labor was eventually — mercifully — over. However, a new kind of labor quickly began — both physically and emotionally. It’s work that never ends and is both incredibly rewarding and unbelievably exhausting.
Today, most workers are enjoying a well-deserved day off. Why not us, mamas? To honor a group that almost never gets a break, we’ve created a new and long-overdue celebration: Non-Labor Day. Festivities include the following:
No Cooking. Today we’re handing the spatula to someone else — even if it’s our teenager who barely can boil water. Hunger is the mother of invention.
No Laundry. Surely there are one day’s clothes around the house for everyone to wear. And as far as we know, no child has ever suffered permanent damage from wearing the same pair of socks two days in a row (we’ve done personal case studies).
No Cleaning. For today, only our teeth and bodies will benefit from soap and scrubbing.
No Fixing. This includes your kids, your husband or yourself. We will take a break from even thinking about ways to fix the people in our lives. We can’t fix everything anyway. Nor should we.
No Complaining. We don’t want to hear it — not even from ourselves. Maybe when we quit complaining and stop listening to complainers, we’ll all be more motivated to find solutions to our problems. And be a little more grateful. Even if it’s just for one day.
No Cell Phones. They will not be attached to our hip, vibing and ringing at every whim of the world. Only phone calls from our children or husband shall be answered. Everyone else may leave a message.
Enjoy your day of non-labor, mamas. Reality resumes tomorrow.
How ’bout it? Will you join us in one or more of these Non-Labor Day activities?