Monday, 8 March 2010

How to Survive Mothering Sunday the Working Mum Way

I think I've said this before: surely Mothers' Day should be reserved for women who are still living with their offspring and thus suffering the daily grind of motherhood?

Apparently not.

Not if you have a MIL who expects to be pampered every Mothers' Day even though her offspring left home 20 years ago!

This year I thought I had it sorted. I had a plan.

I told husband to take his mum and Izzy out for lunch.

The subtext being: "AND LEAVE ME ALONE FOR A DAY!"

Unfortunately, he had already invited his mum here for Sunday lunch.

"I'll cook" he added quickly.

As if this absolves him of all guilt associated with his misdemeanour!

"No", I said, remembering last time. "I'll cook."

"But it's your Mothers' Day, too" he said.

Oh, he's realised!

"But if I cook I can lock myself in the kitchen with The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency audiobook and potter about doing what I enjoy. If you cook, I have to entertain your mother in the lounge whilst shouting instructions to you in the kitchen"

In reality, I'll be doing this:


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Day salvaged, I think!



17 comments:

Jen said...

Mothering Sunday the Strictly Guiding way? Be away for the weekend with your Brownies! Somehow, for 3 Mothers Day out of the last 4, I've managed to book our spring weekend away then.

Suzysoo said...

Phew! Good luck. x

Sarah said...

What, and a Lunch in for a Tenner from M&S?

Or how about she comes over thinking she's having lunch with you and then you send them all off to a previously reserved restaurant and leave you in peace?

It is interesting how the younger mother always seems to pull the short straw in the Mother's Day when there's a m-i-l around too, as though she doesn't count as much because she hasn't actually raised her children yet. M-i-l do tend to pull rank, don't they?!

Mummy Cow said...

I didn't notice the pre-requisite bottle of wine in the picture! I am sharing Mothering Sunday with Little E (Jen) as it's her birthday. She was born on Mothering Sunday and this wil be the first year that her birthday falls on the same day.
I like Sarah's suggestion - inspired!!

Working Mum said...

Jen - I think the other mothers of the Brownies will be thanking you most sincerely for taking them away! You are a star!

Sarah - I think sending them away to a restaurant will be a little too pointed now that she's been invited here. I don't mind cooking, I've chosen the menu to consist of all MY favourites and I will NOT be doing the washing up. I just need to suggest a long walk after lunch for her to scuttle off home (she doesn't do walking). What does annoy me is that her own daughter never takes responsibility for her on Mothers' Day - must get husband to offload her onto his sister next year!

Mummy Cow - I have some lovely champagne secreted away in the fridge (left over from my birthday) - I'm sure I can make headway into it!

Humdrum Mum said...

I'm doing a picnic for my mum and me, ok and my dad, my other half and my son! I don't get to see my mum much, as she lives 4 hours away, so I will enjoy it. I will just expect to be spoiled by Other Half the rest of the weekend! I think you should have two bottles of wine in the kitchen anyway, just in case one runs out... Good luck! x

Maggie May said...

Oh that was tough and I think a meal out with Izzy would have been better. maybe you could get a sinus attack.

Nuts in May

Kelloggsville said...

Some how they manage to trample over it every year don't they. I'm with Strictly - best Mothers Day I ever had - I was away with a group of Guiders - it was lovely!

Good luck - remember to breathe deeply..in....out...!!!!!

cheshire wife said...

Thankfully my MIL has never been keen on Mothering Sunday. Aren't I the lucky one!

Fab, feisty and fifty... said...

l'll be working as have no huge expectation now the household is divided up into two....

sigh-/\-

claire said...

Thank goodness you reminded me!

Mothering Sunday here in Oz is in May (Autumn) and Father's Day is in September (Spring) so I end up completely forgetting UK Mother's Day!

Now, I must get onto the M&S website and order some flowers...

Studentmum said...

Despite the 'locked in the Kitchen' plan, that is so not a Mother's day for you!
I would demand/negotiate an alternative day, when YOU get pampered/left alone!

the mother of this lot said...

Sorted. In true Working Mum style!

Moannie said...

Oh well! I shall be cooking again as I always do every day of the year. To appease me JP says that he has not yet found a restuarant where the food is better than mine. As if it would worry me to eat inferior food I did not have to cook...
At least my MIL is long gone.

1 husband, 2 kids (and lots of books) said...

This is my first mother's day since moving up North to just around the corner from my MIL, and my Mum is coming up to stay for Son's birthday so know just how you feel - It should definitely be reserved for 'active' mothers, and those that have to couple this with entertaining the older generation deserve a gold star!

scrappysue said...

when's your mothers day - ours is mid may! i hope it works out for you - ALONE!!!

Working Mum said...

Student Mum - what a great idea; I could just have my Mothers' Day on another day!