Mother’s Day evokes images of television commercials of loving moms and kids interacting in peaceful harmony. In reality, motherhood can be as nerve-racking as it can be rewarding. For mothers of teenagers and young adults, it’s mostly one way traffic, most of it going their way. So here it is, the dream day which might include the following. Hopefully.
1. Click a selfie of just the two of you.
2. Their display picture on Whats App is of you! If you are one of those fortunate mothers, you might feature as their profile picture on Facebook too.
3. Give you your trimester hug. Wait for the next instalment on your anniversary or birthday.
4. Attempt a civil conversation with you for the first 10 minutes of the day.
5. Look away from their phone screens for five full minutes because you are talking.
6. Have a meal with the family without a sullen expression.
7. Let go of one hour without knocking on your door asking for something to be done.
8. Smile! They actually smile! You realise there are teeth behind those tight lipped expressions.
9. They will not blame you for destroying their life but instead show gratitude for giving them everything.
10. If you are lucky, very, very lucky, you might just receive a card, present or social media post in your honour. (Gasp!)
Tomorrow’s another day and the same old story but there is always Mother’s Day!
Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” (available on Kindle Unlimited) a collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. Her new novel will be published later this year.