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"My perfect Mothers Day starts the night before. I get to stay up as late as I want without having to worry about getting up in the morning and sleep until the sun coming through the blinds wakes me up. When I get up, everybody is ready and dressed for church and the right church envelope is ready to go. Then we go to a cholesterol-filled breakfast with no wait. Everyone stays in their chairs and no one blows bubbles in their milk. Then we go home and all soak in our hobbies: video games, guitar, trains, and gardening. No fighting or yelling. No getting too close to the street or scraped knees. Bath, bed, and homework gets done without asking. And I get lots of hugs, kisses and 'I love you mom!' Oh, wait! A bottle of wine."

© Rebecca Sontag