On Mondays, I’m a Mail-It-In Mom

On Mondays, I’m a mail-it-in mom.

Where Sunday was once a day of rest, it is now a day of birthday parties and errands, car trips and family outings. Which means Monday is almost always a wash. 

On Mondays, there are no aquarium trips or music classes, because on Mondays, leaving the house is rare.

On Mondays, Curious George and Handy Manny are welcome visitors in our living room.

On Mondays, breakfast might be a hotdog bun smeared with peanut butter and lunch is likely to be cobbled together with stale crackers and various condiments from the fridge. Grey Poupon and Smuckers on Ritz anyone?

On Mondays, clean clothes are hard to come by and pants are optional.

On Mondays, mommy clings to daddy like a barnacle when he departs for work, begging him to take a sick day. On no Monday has this ever actually worked in mommy’s favor.

On Mondays, cleaning up from the weekend tornado on Sunday night seems like a much better idea than it did when it was actually Sunday night and a Netflix binge-session was just a click away.

On Mondays, chocolate consumption starts before 9 AM and the cork pops before 5 PM.

On Mondays, everything seems just a little bit harder and just a tiny bit slower.

On Tuesdays, there might be swim classes and doctors appointments and storybooks and play dates. But on Mondays, we mail it in. And we feel OK about it.

Unless, of course, it’s raining on Tuesday.

In which case, there’s always Wednesday.

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Melissa Mowry

Melissa Mowry is a stay at home mom to 3 year old Chase and the slightly younger guy, Sam. She is the main voice behind One Mother to Another, which she started in July 2014 as a way to connect with other moms who felt just as lonely as she did some days. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Adam, and they live in their home state of Rhode Island. Melissa's work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Coffee + Crumbs and Mamapedia, among others. Her book, One Mother to Another: This Is Just Between Us is for sale on Amazon.
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5 Responses to On Mondays, I’m a Mail-It-In Mom

  1. Emily June 15, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    I LOVE this. I, too, am a “mail-it-in Monday mom,” and couldn’t feel less guilty about it. So nice to have a term for it, and to know I’m not alone. Lovely post.

    • One Mother to Another June 16, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you so much Emily! I’m glad I’m not alone. Sometimes I feel so guilty about how lazy we are on Mondays.

  2. Tara June 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    yes yes and yes. This describes my house. But almost daily, because “there’s always tomorrow” happens every day.

  3. Leslie Kendall Dye June 20, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    This is gorgeous writing revealing a truth that so many of us find shameful, but shouldn’t. So much good in this post. Thanks for writing it.

    • One Mother to Another June 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      Thank you so much Leslie!!

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