"DO YOU know it is Mother's Day this weekend?" asked Number 1 Son the other day.
"What do you want?" was his next question.
How could I explain to him that I didn't really want anything from him because he and his sisters had already given me everything I could possibly want except their continued good health and happiness.
Writing that sounds clichéd even to me but it really is the heartfelt truth.
Being a mum IS the most amazing and incredible thing I have done I my life. It is also the hardest, most stressful and exhausting thing I have done.
My relationship with my three kids is as important to me as breathing.
Dramatic much? Well, yes it is but that is how my heart and head feel.
So while I don't care too much for the extreme commercialism of Mother's Day it is nice to see the kids put some thought and effort into buying something for me.
My son's questions got me thinking about the best gifts I've received for Mother's Days past.
My first ever Mother's Day gift (purchased by my husband) was incredibly special - a fluffy, pink bathrobe that was just perfect for midnight feeds in winter with our adorable newborn daughter.
That gown got me through plenty of sleepless nights with fussy newborns and sick kids and was only retired a couple of years ago for a white one that was another Mother's Day gift.
Of course there have been all the usual gifts: pasta necklaces, framed finger paintings, laminated hand prints and hug certificates. I've kept most of them in a box so that I can show them to any future grandkids.
But as the kids have grown older the presents have become a little more commercialised, which is okay with me.
While I don't really need them spending their money on me it makes me so proud that they want to … and who am I to say no to a new pair of slippers, a scented candle or pretty coffee cup.
One of the sweetest gifts was given to me just a couple of years ago when Miss 16 first started working.
She spent the equivalent of two weeks' wages on a bunch of orchids from the florist near where she worked.
The flowers were stunningly beautiful and I initially felt guilty that she had spent so much money.
But the joy in her eyes as she gave them to me made me realise she wasn't doing this because she "had" to but because she wanted to. And that made those flowers even more beautiful.
But back to my son's question about what I want for Mother's Day. Because I love that they want to buy me something and I could see he had no idea where to start I gave him a list of things I want but don't need.
My list included: a teapot, a winter scarf, a scented candle or (the least expensive yet most unlikely to happen) a coupon for some "on demand and eye-roll free tuition about instagram and twitter".
What has been your most memorable Mother's Day gift?
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