Feb 282011
If I were abducted by Martians, which isn’t that unlikely by the way, I know my kids would miss me. Why? Because I cannot seem to get an hour by myself without someone needing something. In honor of Disney’s upcoming 3D movie, Mars Needs Moms, I have created a a list of the top ten things my kids would miss most about me if I were abducted by aliens.

1) My cooking: My kids would surely miss my cooking. While my boys might not always like what I cook, I know they would miss my cooking and having a home-cooked meal almost every night. I am especially aware that they would miss the fact that I tailor dinner to each of their individual needs and wishes.  
2) My laundry abilities: This is one thing I know that everyone in the house take for granted. Not only do my kids have clean clothing in their drawers, but they have great clothes in the drawer, and when they need something new, I usually have it ready for them in a bin. 

3) Trips to the playground: My kids go to the playground several times a week, because I think they need to get out and have fun. I know my kids will miss the fact that I take them often, if I were abducted by aliens. We explore many different playgrounds every week, and some days we even go on playground hopping, which takes us to several different playgrounds in one day.
4) Beach trips: My boys love the beach just us much as I do, and while their dad loves the beach as well, he hates the sun as he is working in it everyday. So, I know for sure that my kids would miss the fact that I take them to the beach once a week, if the weather permits. I also know that my boys would miss the extent to which I will go in order to get my kids to the beach, even if it means walking seven miles to get there.

5) Kisses and hugs whenever they need it. Moms are for kisses and hugs, even when little boys get to big for them. If a Martian from out of space came and took me away from the comforts of my home, I know my kisses and hugs would be missed.

6) Birthday celebrations hosted by mom: My husband is anti birthdays, and if it were up to him, my kids would get new shoes, new socks and books only for their birthdays. My kids might not realize it now, but they would surely miss my belief in birthday celebrations, birthday gifts and birthday fun if I were gone.

7) Traditions. I am a very strong believer in traditions, and despite the fact that my husband is not only anti birthdays but also anti traditions, my family still has many family traditions that we celebrate every year. Why? Because of me, MOM, so if the Martians abducted me, my kids surely would miss me and my strong belief in traditions.

8) My sense of adventure: While I turned 30 last year and thereby should qualify as a grown up, my spirit is still quite child like. I love to explore, try new things and going on adventure. If aliens abducted me, I am sure I would enjoy the adventure for a while, but I would miss my kids too. As for the kids, I am convinced that they would miss their almost grown-up mother, and they would definitely miss my longing for adventure.

9) Snuggling: There is nothing better than having all three kids coming in to my bed in the middle of the night to snuggle. However, while they are often sent back in their beds after ten minuets, I have no doubt that my sons would definitely miss being able to snuggle up in my bed.

10) My frugal way of thinking. I am sure that my kids will one day get tired of hearing that we cannot buy something because it is not on sale, or because I do not have a coupon for it. However, if the Martians took me away, the boys would surely miss being able to get great tasting snacks, chips, ice cream on more, simply because I had found a great deal. If it were not for my strong adherence to frugality, we would probably be eating rice and beans most nights with no special treats. Since coupons and frugality can turn $50 into $150, then my sense of frugality will definitely be missed.

I have no doubt that I would be missed if I were abducted by aliens. However, whether I would be able to handle the longing for my triple trouble aka my three beautiful boys, I am not so sure. As a mother of three boys between, I am often exhausted by the end of the night, but I would not trade it for anything.

About Mars Needs Moms
Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases nine-year-old Milo’s (Seth Green) quest to save his mom (Joan Cusack) from Martians—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling).

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Disclaimer:I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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