If you're one of those moms that isn't looking forward to Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, this thread is for you. Maybe your expectations of Mother's Day are far, far away from the reality that's coming your way Sunday. Or maybe holidays aren't your thing but you have family obligations to meet. Maybe parenting isn't very fun or is downright painful or maybe you're in the grips of depression and can't face another day. Whatever the reason, this thread's for you. I'm not real big on holidays but I swear I really should have investigated the traditions of the family I married into first. On My Special Day...drum roll please...they have a family get together meaning one mom cleans house, and all the rest cook, bake, pack up kids, travel, eat, open gifts, clean up, pack up, and drive home again. In the kitchen you'll find the women complaining about doing the work while the men visit in the other room, so you'd think they'd jump all over sister in law's and my suggestion that we GO OUT, CARRY IN, or USE A CATERER. No go, they like it that way (martyrdom and motherhood go hand in hand, you know). So it would be accurate to say I'm usually quite a bear to live with on My Special Day. This year we're a smaller group so sister in law and I suggested a new approach, to no success. In the whole scheme of things this holiday isn't worth a family battle so I'll let it go, but two years ago I did promise myself I was done cooking. I told sister in law to let them know we'd take care of fruit and veggies...and then I'm stopping at the store to pick up for both of us on our way out of town. It will raise eyebrows but I don't care. What about you--what's making Mother's Day the day you'd rather mark off the calendar? What will you be doing on Your Special Day? If you're one of *those* types who thinks a $5 Hallmark and one day off a year to put you on a pedestal is the next best thing to sliced, toast, you just skedaddle out of here onto your own happy thread. We're busy commisterating here.