Why Do We Even Celebrate or Care About Mother’s Day?
Let BoomerGal Help You Prepare for the Big Day
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
Mother’s Day is an occasion celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor and love towards mothers. The day is set aside to honor the contribution of mothers, acknowledge the efforts of the maternal bonds between mother and child and the roles mothers play in our society.
If you had the opportunity to watch the latest 2023 NFL draft, it was truly inspiring to observe the bonds between mother and son. The mother was proud of her son’s accomplishments, and the son was proud to acknowledge the contribution his mother made to his success.
It should be a day that makes you remember the importance and significance of mothers in the lives of their children and the family overall. This day is observant to mothers who gave to the family and the development of your life and mine.
Unfortunately, in my case my mother is no longer with us, but we still celebrate the day and remember what they sacrificed for and gave to us.
You need to stop and spend the time with your mother outside of what you would normally do. It’s her day of recognition and appreciation for all their hard work and kindness.
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled, they are the ones that never gave up despite the struggles.”
Here are several ideas that you might find interesting that perhaps you hadn’t thought of in your celebration.
TURN OFF YOUR PHONE. You can go a day without texting, emails, and news. Photos only. We all need to take a break. Mom would appreciate it.
BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH. Kick off the morning by fixing her favorite meal.
DETAIL HER AUTOMOBILE. The years can catch up with us making it a bit more difficult for mom to bend down and clean her car. A thorough washing and vacuuming can be just the ticket.
CALL HER. If you live a distance making it not possible to be in her presence, then call and spend more than a few minutes telling her how much you love and appreciate her. No texting and emailing allowed! It will happen…one day we will lose her and I can assure you will wish you could hear her voice just one more time.
THE OLD STANDBY. A trip to Ulta www.ultabeauty.com or Sephora http://www.sephora.com, or hand deliver her favorite perfume.
A MOVIE IS IN ORDER. Either one at the local theater or one you taped in advance on the TV knowing she would enjoy it. Don’t forget the popcorn.
SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER. Fine don’t plan anything big. Just be together. Pull out an old photo album and reminisce.
DON’T SEND FLOWERS. How boring, they usually die within a couple of days and now you expect her to dispose of them. Rather, send or bring a potted plant with some staying power, and one that might be appropriate for her garden. Be sure to include a small note card with your personal sentiment and date it.
DON’T SEND CANDY. Instead try something a bit more off-beat, like licorice at www.licorice.com.
THE FAMILY. Be sure to include the kids and grandkids and take loads of fun pictures.
A SHOPPING VENTURE. She often will have a favorite store, so devote some time to making it happen. Don’t sit in the car, go with her and give her ideas.
BON VOYAGE. Tell me what’s wrong with taking her on a trip. A cruise or to see distant relatives.
CLEAN HER HOUSE. Either you do it or hire it done, and don’t take no for an answer. Help her transition from winter and spring to summer, rearranging her closet and the bedding.
HER GARDEN. Trimming, pruning, weeding, fertilizing and watering all go a long way to making her smile.
A CANDLE IN THE WIND. Their candles are the best, super fragrant. Try this: www.bath&bodyworks.com. They always have a sale! Can’t find a candle, there’s always body lotions. What woman doesn’t love that store.
Notice I didn’t offer up suggestions of her favorite restaurant, a silly token gift, just a Hallmark card, etc. Those just seem too traditional. I wanted to stretch your imagination in totally different ways to spend the day celebrating your mother.
Here’s wishing you a great week, or better yet, 10 days before Mother’s Day. It gives you plenty of time to think outside the box and make it one of the most memorable of her days. Be sure to love your mom with all your heart and soul.
Stay RELEVANT in the lives you choose to share your time with.
Your Number One BoomerGal, Connie.