My brood has given me some pretty memorable Mother’s Day gifts over the years. I’ve been lavished with breakfasts in bed, flowers, jewelry and (most treasured of all) the drawings, poems and handprint crafts that make my heart swell to this day.
But the kids are growing up and, though it pains me to admit it, their finger paint days are behind them. So this year, they and their dad have planned something super special just for me.
My guys know that one of my absolute favorite pastimes is watching movies. Before the kids came along, my husband and I went at least once a week. Motherhood has severely curbed my movie habit. For more than a decade I’ve mostly been relegated to (heavily interrupted) DVD viewings in the family room. (more…)
Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the one person who affects us more profoundly than any other. Mothers, or those who take on the responsibility of “mother” during our formative years, shape much of who we are good, bad, or otherwise. From infancy through adulthood, the role a mother plays is multifaceted and ever changing. It is seldom predictable and often challenging. It requires strength and selflessness. It requires love.
For the endless list of things she does, has done and will do, take the time to tell her how much you appreciate her. Treat her like a queen for the day, in honor of her ability to withstand the royal pain you’ve been on occasion. Small tokens and gestures will mean a lot, but, by all means, splurge on a trip to the islands if you’re feeling really generous. (more…)