Mother’s are funny. I know mine was thrilled on Mother’s Day with any gift: a drawing, breakfast in bed, or just doing our chores. When you get older though, you sometimes feel overwhelmed with how much you owe your mother. Giving one of the following quick but thoughtful gifts may make this Mother’s Day the one she remembers:
Family Photo Day
If your family is fully entrenched in the digital age, set up an afternoon slideshow for Mom. Spend time ooh-ing and aaah-ing over baby pictures, graduations, proms, and candid moments that reflect life with Mom. Ask her to pick her “top 25 – 30”, and give her a way to treasure those photos every day. Design and purchase a photo collage fleece blanket from Walmart Prices range $55 – $100 depending on the size and fabric selection.
A Rose Garden
Does your Mom love to garden? Mine is too old to be digging in the dirt, but she loves flowers. Every year we take her for a Mother’s Day drive. We stop at a local garden store and she selects a special rose bush. We plant it that day (weather permitting). We’ve now got a beautiful rose garden at our house. It reminds us of her every time we see it, and she loves to watch how big the plants have grown over the years. If you’re in MA, Mahoney’s Garden Centers offer a great selection.
A Promise of Regular Visits
For some mothers, all they want is you. Maybe you live far away, you’re busy with the kids, or you work a lot. In any case, if yours is like mine, she likes to know you’ll visit. But your Mom a wall calendar, and mark out promised visit days; whether they’re weekly, interspersed with phone calls, or only once a month. Decorate those days on the calendar, and make certain you KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT. Include a letter with the calendar, explaining how you feel about her, and why you understand that it’s important to spend time with her. A great source for calendars is Snapfish. They allow you to customize a calendar with photos and the start month. Since Mother’s Day is midyear you won’t waste the beginning of the year with a store bought calendar.
Queen For a Day
As complex or simple as you want. Treat your Mom like a Queen for a day. Breakfast in bed, a trip to the spa, maid service, or a stretch limo and dinner out. Make sure it’s something your Mom considers a treat. Kathryn Darden has some great ideas to help if you’re stuck.
Whether your mom is alive and well, near or far, living in a nursing home, or already passed, take a day to remember her. Maybe it was a difficult relationship or maybe she was the mother every kid dreamed of, but she had an impact on your life. Find the positives and acknowledge them. You are here because of her.
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