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Cinnamon-chocolate chip coffee cake

By Alyssa Short | Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 6:00 am

Let me start off this week by stating that this is NOT a Mother’s Day column.

We’ve had a pretty rough run of Mother’s Days since our kiddo has been born.

At least one person in our house (and usually all three) was sick for the first half-dozen Mother’s Days I spent with my now-9-year-old kiddo. Since then, one Mother’s Day ended with me fleeing the house in tears, and last year I spent the day cleaning out closets to channel my energy so I didn’t flee the house in tears.

Part of the problem, of course, is my unrealistic expectations. I had a very romanticized notion of what Mother’s Day would be like when I had a kid of my own. (Is it really too much to ask for breakfast in bed and to be showered with presents and adoration all day – and for all of it to be my kiddo’s idea, not forced upon him by the hubby?)

The second part of the problem is that my kiddo, whom I firmly believe loves me with all his heart, resents Mother’s Day.

He’s always been the kid to function by reverse psychology; to get him to do something, you have to tell him he can’t. Likewise, if you want him to dislike something, the best thing you can do is talk about how great something is. (No idea where he gets this.)

Last year, my kiddo explained to me that all he hears about this time of year is Mother’s Day – seeing Hallmark and FTD commercials on TV, making presents in school and being asked by his mother how we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. It grates on him. “You’re a great mom,” my kiddo explained last year. “But I don’t think it’s fair that there’s a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but no Kid’s Day.”

“Literally EVERY OTHER DAY is Kid’s Day!” I hollered in exasperation. “I just want one day!”

“It’s called your birthday,” said my smart-mouthed son. (No idea where he gets this.)

Motherhood really is a thankless job.

But this most definitely is not a Mother’s Day column, because this year, we have some new rules. And the first rule of Mother’s Day is: You do not talk about Mother’s Day.

Luckily I’ve discovered it’s easiest to avoid conversation when your mouth is full of cinnamon-chocolate chip coffee cake.   

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