Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day. Bah, humbug. Breakfast in bed, jewelry, flowers. Yada, yada, yada. Can we talk about what a mother wants? What a mother needs? (With apologies to Christina Aguilera, a new mother herself, who we are sure would appreciate this list as well.)

What a mother wants -- needs -- is ephemeral, that which, in theory, cannot be purchased. Like sleep. Sleep cannot be summoned with an AmEx card, but a fab pair of pajamas can be had for a price. Of course, it's hard to find a pair that are (a) comfortable and (b) don't look like you've been neutered en route to mommyhood. This pair by Belabumbum gets the combo just right: sexy and serviceable.

A mother also wants/needs control. Especially because she never dreamed that being a mother meant being forced to play policewoman. The whistle key ring designed by jewelmeister Paloma Picasso can do double duty as an accessory (add a chain and it's a necklace) and as an attention getter. (Whatever it takes to keep child protective services away!)

And what mother wouldn't want a magic genie/private chef who can whip up a meal with a snap of the fingers? That's not going to happen, so might as well invest in that new Electrolux hybrid induction cooktop thingamajig that can boil water in 90 seconds flat.

In the end, of course, it's all about peace of mind. And sometimes what a mother needs most can only be found through a chilled martini. Shaken, stirred -- doesn't matter. Drink up.

-- Teresa Wiltz

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