It seems that my children have been anticipating Mother’s Day this year. When Sunday comes up in conversation, they are eager to share with me that they have “plans” for me and that, in the words of my youngest, “…will cost at least a dollar, maybe five or ten.” How does a mom express that expense is not what matters, but rather that it is the everyday experiences that are valued the most?
I found my answer, by chance, in my daughter’s online school newsletter today and have to share what I read:
“Some of us think a gift has to be a thing….a material thing…preferably an expensive thing wrapped in pretty paper with a big bow. But the greatest gift we can give is not a thing. It can’t be touched. It’s invisible to the eye. It has no price tag….
The greatest gift is the gift of love.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day set aside to honor the women in our lives who mother us. Maybe it’s a mom, or stepmom, or grandmother or aunt.
This Mother’s day give the person who mothers you something really special. Sit down with her and talk from your heart. Tell her how much she means to you. Tell her how much you appreciate all the things she does for you. Tell her what you love most about her. Tell her why she’s special. Then wrap it up with a big hug and seal it with a kiss. ”
A couple of books written in honor of moms and motherhood you might enjoy are:
The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir
Mothers: A Celebration in Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of Mothers and Motherhood
Happy Mother’s Day!
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