To be quite frank, I wrote a really great Mothers Day post two years ago. I called it “Five words that describe my mom,” and it received some nice comments. That post continues to receive a lot of traffic—partly because of the topic, partly because of the title, and partly because Mothers Day comes around again every year and people naturally search for mother-related info. In fact, that Mothers Day post remains my third-most popular blog of all time!
And last year’s Mothers Day blog was fun— “4 things that annoy me about my mother.” It doesn’t get the traffic that “Five words” does, but it was fun to write, and my mom appreciated it.
Earlier this year my parents celebrated their 50th anniversary, and I blogged about that. “Love story” included my personal thoughts about my parents, a slideshow, and a link to one of the Facebook photo albums I posted in their honor.
That’s all wonderful, but, honestly, it leaves me in a bit of a quandary. I mean, how am I supposed to follow that?
What am I supposed to write for Mothers Day this year?
(Writers, have you run into this problem? When success leads to higher expectations that you’re increasingly afraid of not meeting?)
I’m pretty sure my mom would tell me, “Oh Melanie, you don’t have to write a blog for me!” But that’s kind of like saying, “I don’t need any presents. Just knowing you love me is present enough.”
Come on! I’m not falling for that!
So here is my Mothers Day blog for 2012. I’m hoping it will be disarming in its simplicity (the ol’ “less is more” approach), and I’m hoping it will reset expectations to a more manageable level—
Happy Mothers Day, Mom. I love you.
What else can I say?