Friday, May 12, 2006

Mothers' Day

It doesn't take much thought for me to come up with an answer to the un-asked question: What do you want for Mothers' Day, Betty?

I'd like a pack of tiny, busy elves to enter my house during the night before to set things right. I want them to get rid of everything, mine or the child's, which is unneccessary or not contributing to our well-being. Forget the 3 categories (discard, give away, hold for 6 months); I just want them to clear out the house, then clean and organize what's left.

These elves would even take it upon themselves to re-arrange the furniture in my impossible-to-make sense-of living room. Feng Shui principles would be honored impeccably. They would even tear up the wall-to-wall carpeting which I so despise and install beautiful new hardwood floors.

They wouldn't neglect the outdoors, either. They'd plant the flowers I'd bought, prune the jungle which is starting to strangle my house, and clean and repair the gutters. They'd sweep the patio, fill the birdfeeders and set up the fountain.

The atmosphere would be magically transformed from chaos into peace. The elves would leave me a breakfast of scrambled tofu and Starbucks organic Serena blend before scurrying out. (The child would be too awed to eat.)

I'd probably spend the rest of the day reading and strolling through the rose garden while the child happily entertained himself or interacted with me in our inspiring new environment. The Chihuahua would be so blown away that he'd dare not soil his new digs. (The elves had somehow set him straight, too.)

This is my hope and fantasy for all mothers- that we each receive a generous dose of whatever it is we need on May 14. Happy Mothers' Day.

11 comments:

Sideways Chica said...

May the elves be with you. But might I say also, be careful what you wish for. The new digs might affect your whirling dear girl...and the child's...and even that little chalupa yapper you have.

Wishing you the very best Mother's Day possible chica.

Ciao bella...

Betty said...

Hah! The best possible- you probably realize how different reality will be from this fantasy. In reality, Mother's Day, for me, will be just another day. (Well, not quite. It will provide another opportunity for me to miss my own mother.) The new digs which will never be reality would probably bring only positive changes. I like order, so much that creating it totally is too daunting- impossible, in fact. We'll never know what effect it might have had.

ME Strauss said...

Sending you Mother's Day wishes of elves and a few pixies to help them. :)

Betty said...

Thanks, Liz! I need all the help I can get! And I wish the same for you.

Sideways Chica said...

Dear Betty...once again our similarities are striking:

"I like order, so much that creating it totally is too daunting- impossible, in fact."

It's only that I am married to a totally overly organized individual that I am somewhat organized...as is our household. The "somewhat" is the compromise.

:)

Ciao...

garnet david said...

I'll wish upon a star for those elves to come help. What about next Tuesday?

Betty said...

Teri,
I have often wondered what it would be like to be married to someone whose influence might somehow bring about a semblance of order. It sure works for you, apparently! I'm still hoping for that band of elves....

Betty said...

Garnet,
Just tell those elves to show up whenever they can.

Tired Tunia said...

I NEED the elves! Chaos and clutter everywhere, yet too tired to deal with it...we just cleared out our basement a few weeks ago, three minivan trips to the dump worth...Ok, maybe I need the clean-up TROLLS instead, the amount of crap we have here!

Betty said...

Tired Tunia,

Good idea. I really need the trolls too. And congratulations on your basement. I'm afraid to even venture into mine...

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