So much so that it was emblazoned on a T shirt for my Mother's Day present (along with some other goodies but that's not the point).
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Why do we feel the need to justify sitting down to our nearest and dearest?
I'll tell you why!
However many jobs - big and small - you manage to fit into your day, however well you've managed your time, however well you've multi tasked the washing finishing at the same time so that you can sort it just as the meal goes in the oven whilst the toilet cleaner is working and the dog is recovering from a brisk drag along the canal (deep breath) and you put the kettle on which gives you just enough time to unload the dishwasher and empty the bin, put the coffee in the cup as you walk past with the next load of washing, noticing the fact that the dental appointment on the calendar is looming so must make phone call to check time so as not to go on wrong day (like last time but we won't mention that) realise that those cobwebs will be getting a certificate from the Queen if they don't move soon and oh - there's the bag of bulbs I meant to plant four months ago ...
However much of this you do - nobody is ever there to see it!
They only arrive at that very precious moment, the one you've been looking forward to all afternoon, that elusive little oasis of time. The time when you are feeling rather proud of yourself for performing the tasks that help the every day run smoothly - those invisible tasks that nobody would really notice unless they weren't done. You might have a little piece of cake to have with your coffee. Maybe a magazine you've looked forward to indulging in. Perhaps look at a few blogs while we're about it. Bliss is just around that corner. For a few moments you arrange yourself comfortably in your favourite chair and are just about to relax when - you've guessed it.
Jessie Dog barks. The keys rattle in the door. "Hi gorgeous/ mum" (never both of these together you understand - just according to who arrives first). It's lovely. My family have returned and have hopefully had a good day and we are once again a family unit. But for goodness sake don't they realise the sanctity of my few minutes peace.
Don't they realise I've JUST SAT DOWN!