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>> Thursday, 8 March 2012

It's International Women's Day here today. This is a bank holiday in Russia, and is treated as a day for women generally (rather than mothers in particular) to be feted by the men in their lives, be they husbands, sons, boyfs, work colleagues, etc etc. If I were working outside the home (as @crankymonkeys pointed out this morning on Twitter) my desk would have been covered with flowers from male colleagues to thank me just for being a woman (along with all that entails).

But I ain't. Working outside the home, that is.

So, whilst I would love to regale you with stories of breakfast in bed, being taken out for lunch, being showered with goodies and generally treated like a queen, I can't - because I wasn't. It was just another ordinary day in the Potski household. Except of course that if it were a normal working day the children would have been at school, but as it was a bank holiday, I got to have them at home to look after myself. Which is of course nice but hardly the point, I would venture to say, on what is supposed to be a restful day for women...

Husband assures me that all this will change tomorrow, perhaps as a result of my putting him on notice that I. Am. Doing. Nothing. And on the plus side, we haven't actually got around to any of the household admin he had so enthusiastically planned for our 'free' day together. Which at least saves me from the 'How did you celebrate International Women's Day, Potski?' 'Why, I did my tax return...' conversation next week and the subsequent pitying looks from friends.

Finally, I will leave you with a snippet of conversation between myself and my younger son this morning, which should perhaps have warned me that any ideas I may have had about being 'queen for a day' should be firmly nipped in the bud...

Me: "It's International Women's Day today, Boy #2. That means you have to be nice to me."

Boy #2 (assuming an amazed expression): "What??? ALL DAY???"


xxx Hannah xxx 8 March 2012 at 17:43  

Wow you get a Bank Hol on International Women's Day? Tho see your point - if that means having the kids at home with you, it kinda defeats the object! The day passes by with barely a mention here as you know, so holding up hopes that Mother's Day might bring something nice! x

Anonymous,  8 March 2012 at 18:49  

I told my husband what day it was today a little earlier and said that he needed to be extra nice to me today...He looked at me chuckled and gave me the V's - how rude is that?

Thankfully is is wonderful to me everyday, so I don't really mind - and he did offer to cook me an omelette for breakfast!

Lou :-)

Michelloui | The American Resident 8 March 2012 at 18:58  

I still think it could be read as Expat Womens Day, too.

Have fun tomorrow!!

Expat mum 8 March 2012 at 19:31  

Not sure what it says about the US but I haven't heard much about Int. Women's Day so far. Sigh.

MsCaroline 8 March 2012 at 21:51  

No mention of International Women's Day here in Seoul, although you might want to pass on to Boy#2 that there is a Children's Day here in Korea....

Caroline 9 March 2012 at 07:33  

Brilliant reaction from your son! Made me chuckle :-)

The mum of all trades 9 March 2012 at 12:48  

How great that they make it a bank holiday there. Your son's reaction is hilarious!

MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) 9 March 2012 at 22:18  

A desk covered with flowers? Honoured and appreciated simply for being a woman? I'm TOTALLY moving to Russia. ;)

Anonymous,  14 March 2012 at 08:05  

Yes it was a normal day for me here too :)

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