Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Rumination and Exfoliation

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of rumination on the many joys of motherhood as we approach the joyous occasion of Mother’s Day? If I sounded sarcastic just then, I didn’t mean too. I’m 99.9% sincere! We are lucky—no, we are blessed to be moms, yes? Yes! Still (and here might come a teeny tiny flick of sarcasm); in addition to being lucky and blessed, we might also be--exhausted. That’s my summation of this year’s Mother’s Day ruminating: In the arena of motherhood I’m lucky, blessed, and utterly exhausted.

I feel so exhausted in fact, that my rumination (great word is it not?) on motherly exhaustion led me in turn, to ruminate on celebrities who are hospitalized for “exhaustion.” What exactly does “so-and-so was hospitalized for exhaustion” mean? Too much lack of sleep, lack of time, over-commitment, financial problems, prolonged exposure to demanding personalities, emotional fatigue, overabundance of people admiring and adoring you, etc.? If that’s the case, I’d be permanently hospitalized (except perhaps for the last qualifier). And how exactly is one treated for said exhaustion? Are the exhausted celebrities in question supplied with top-rated physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, life coaches and enough happy pills to give the Grinch a permagrin? Or, are they (in all actuality) “hospitalized” in top-rated spas and doled out manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and free champagne? Either way, I don’t begrudge the celebs, although if I had my choice I would pick the latter—trading free champagne for chocolate.

I’m not saying I want to be hospitalized for Mother’s Day … because that would be weird … right? I don’t need to be at a spa for longer than a day, or even an hour (or two) to receive the desired benefits of a little R&R (and exfoliation). Can you believe I actually once swapped a spa treatment in favor of 15 hours of sleep? I blame it on … exhaustion. For now, in between celebrity-exhaustion ruminations I’ll continue to feel lucky, blessed and exhausted to be a mom. Happy Mother’s Day and to all a good night!

Rumination (or a variation of) was used 7 times (including the title—and just now).