Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A mother's letter to Santa

Sotiria, welcome to the magic world of blogging! Here is your first assignment: read the following text (published as seen on this page) and write your thoughts about a mother's role in the family.

A Mother's Letter to Santa
By: Debbie Farmer

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled my two
children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold
sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree in the
school playground, and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my
daughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmas', since I
had to write this one with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in
the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free
time in the next eighteen years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any
color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the
breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year, I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight, and three pairs of jeans that zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother", because my voice seems to be out of my children's hearing range and can only heard by the dog. And please, don't forget the Play-Doh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors guaranteed to crumble on any carpet and make the Inlaws' house seem just like home.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice-cream in his pajamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door and wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Oh, and one more thing Santa, you can cancel all my requests if you can
keep my children young enough to believe in you.



  1. I am not married. I am not a mother. I started to work recently and I have no time to do all that I want. I sympathise to every mother like her who always strives (μοχθει, προσπαθει) to take care of her husband and her children all day and everyday, neglecting herself. Nowadays, the woman's actual role is very tough. She is obliged to work hard to earn money and to bring up her children with or without a husband. It is not rarely observed that a woman should do everything alone at home. Does she not often do all the housework alone? I do not know if I would make it, but our friend , Alice, says that having a family is a wonderful experience. After reading this passage, I am not very sure. It depends on us and our choices. We should do our plannings and organise our activities so as to pay attention on ourselves and not to give up our hobbies. Our free time might be creative so as for us to feel full of life , energy and optimism to keep on leading our lives happily and caring for the lovely people that we adore.

  2. You have got a point there, Sotiria! Our lives need to be carefully balanced so as to avoid losing ourselves in the way... What do you think this mother should do in order not to feel so overwhelmed by her everyday duties?

  3. I strongly believe that a mother should be creative and loves herself. She could walk or run in nature with her friends or husband. She might read a stimulating book or watch an interesting film. Women are fond of chating so as to relax, mothers also, do not they? They could go to cinema or to theatre and meet other mothers so as to talk about their problems and to exchange their experiences. Life is wonderful. It' s enough to marry a fantastic man and have an amazing mother and a marvellous mother-in-law who would adore to help you anytime and anywhere in order to relax and to devote your free time only to yourself.

  4. You are right Sotiria! We do not have to sacrifice all other roles for the sake of one! Therefore, mothers could juggle all responsibilities with some free time activities, as well. Great comment, Sotiria! :)

  5. Error: chatting
    Thank you for all, Cristina!!
    You are a great teacher!!!