Mommy’s Day Off
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    “Mommy’s Day Off,” Friend, May 2001, 31

    Mommy’s Day Off

    The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother (Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Ensign, May 1999, page 39).

    Last Saturday was Mommy’s day off. Daddy and I got up early and made her breakfast. We brought it to her in bed. Boy, was she surprised!

    Daddy made her hot cereal with peaches because that’s her favorite.

    I poured her some orange juice and put a muffin on a small plate.

    Daddy put everything on a tray. Then we added a flower in a vase, and a card we’d made that said: Happy Day Off!

    Mommy was so happy! She said that it was the best breakfast she’d ever had.

    After she ate breakfast and got dressed, Daddy and I told her the rules: 1. No housecleaning. 2. No cooking. 3. No laundry. 4. No worrying about anything. Mommy said she liked those rules.

    She sat on the couch, reading a book, while Daddy and I cleaned the house. Daddy put the dishes in the dishwasher, and I vacuumed the carpet. Then I dusted the furniture, and Daddy swept the kitchen floor. It was hard work, but it was fun, too! I like doing things for Mommy. She always does things for Daddy and me.

    Mommy took a nice, long bubble bath while Daddy and I made lunch. She said that it had been so long since she had taken a bubble bath that she had almost forgotten what it felt like. I told her that she could use my bubble bath anytime she wants to.

    After lunch, Mommy went shopping for a new dress. While she was gone, we did the laundry. Mommy said it was the best laundry job she’d ever seen.

    After that, Mommy listened to music and took a nap. Then we took her out to dinner. She wore her new dress, and she looked beautiful!

    Mommy gave us both a hug and a kiss. She said it was the nicest day off ever! She said thank you and told us how much she loves us. I am glad we gave Mommy a day off. It was fun, and it made her happy. We love her very much. She’s the best Mommy in the world!

    Illustrated by Kathryn Mitter