First, I want to begin by saying that I feel that all “holidays” like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s are nothing but elaborate ruses created by card companies to separate suckers from their money.
Second, I’m the only person in my marriage that feels this way so my opinion on the subject means nothing.
Third, as a stay-at-home father, I get the short end of the stick when it comes to these type of made-up holidays.
The average working father can get away with cooking a nice meal for the mother of his children or maybe letting her lounge around the house while he takes care of the everyday domestic duties.
“No honey, you sit and relax today. I’ll take care of all the things you take care of every other day. Here’s a cup of tea.”
Stay-at-home fathers can’t get away with this. We cook most of the meals and do most of the house work anyway. If we tried the “sit back and take it easy today” approach it’d be even more of a cheat of a present than it is when the working father tries to pull it off.
“No honey, you sit back while I have an average day. Here’s a cup of tea.”
It just doesn’t have the same amount of oomph to it. And we’re not British so I don’t know why I keep offering tea…
All of this means that the stay-at-home father has to try twice as hard on Mother’s Day to make it special and having to try hard on a pretend holiday sucks.
Luckily for me though I do have one cheat: this blog. See, I have a way of publicly expressing the love and appreciation I feel for my wife which will seem sweet, thoughtful and like it took some sort of effort. So here it goes:
To my wife,
You are the most wonderful mother our children could have asked for. Every day I wake up thankful that you’re my partner and that I had the honor of knocking you up so many times. Life would suck without you and I love you more than you could know.
Yep. That should work…