I broke the news to your Dad on Valentine’s Day, and now it’s your turn. Mother’s Day is coming up and you’re seeing a whole bunch of ads with Mother’s Day gift ideas. They say that we want flowers, candy, restaurant meals, and don’t EVEN get me started about anything ending in -gram.
They are wrong.
Let me start by saying that we love you. We really really love you so much. However, cute though the handprint clay (um, vase?) you made last year was, though we LOVED the pancakes in bed (even though we were the ones who washed the maple syrup off of the sheets) what we really want is time alone.
Here’s what you do: get your Dad to book your Mom a hotel room, and tell her to get out. Period. That way she doesn’t have to plan a thing! Bonus points if you’ve charged her kindle and thrown a bag together.
Want to go fancy? If you’re an AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholder, check out their programs for nearby hotels. I often see some deals on there with room credit that make the room almost free, and the stay comes with breakfast and an upgrade.
Just want it to be the best last minute price? Priceline it.
Any way you do it, she’ll enjoy 24 hours of silent bliss. She’ll have a second glass of wine with dinner at the hotel bar, shower without worrying who’s about to kill who, enjoy a Housewives marathon sans bedtime drama, and sleep late (after waking up WAY too early since she’s set for dawn reverie). And every minute, she’ll be thanking you for it.
When she does re-enter the chaos, which will erupt the second she returns, she’ll have her reserves topped up and be better able to handle whatever screaming, vomiting, or meltdown comes her way.
And maybe, just maybe, the next time you hit your sister/give the dog your peas/forget to do your homework, she’ll cut you some slack because you gave her the most awesome Mother’s Day gift ever.
So everyone wins!
Moms,back me up here…
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