Another Mother’s Day and the age old question of ‘what do we buy for Mum?’
Retailers, are bombarding us with catalogues of gift ideas and children (& Dads) are trying to work out what to buy. It is another stressful time filled with commercialism, another chore to be done, when it should just be about spending time with your Mum and showing your love for her.
Like Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and the like, why should it be just one day a year that we think about our Mums. If you are like me I think about my Mum often, although she passed away nearly 30 years ago. I’d trade anything to spend a day with her.
The argument of course is that you at least make this one day special for your Mother. Well, that is lovely but I’m sure most mothers would agree that they would prefer to enjoy special times with their families throughout the year not just on one day.
I appreciate that I do get very spoilt by my children on Mother’s Day. They make it very special for me and always put extra thought into the gifts (I’m sure my daughter is the driving force behind this).
My most memorable gifts have been when the children were young and took their $1 or $2 to school to buy something special for Mum for Mother’s Day. They would hide their gifts until the day and then beaming with pride would present them to me with breakfast in bed. I’m looking forward to my daughter enjoying this when her son is older.
So if my children are reading this, here is my list of what I want for Mother’s Day (and I think what most Mothers would want)
1. Your time
I just want to spend some quality time with you, having a lovely chat and a good coffee. As children become adults, their lives become busier and I’m thankful for technology. If we can’t see each other we can still communicate via text, messenger, facebook or a telephone call. This year, my daughter and I are running in the Mother’s Day classic together in memory of my Mum and her Nan. I’m looking forward to this.
A friend recently lamented that her two children lived in different states and she missed them terribly.
2. Your happiness
The greatest gift to me would be to know that you are both settled and happy in life. That is all a mother really wants.
3. Your thoughts
You always give me beautiful cards and beautiful words of how you feel about me which I treasure. Your thoughts mean more to me and shows more appreciation of me than any expensive gift ever could.
So let’s take the commercialism and stress out of Mother’s Day and focus on what it really is for – making that extra effort to spend time with your Mum – not just on this special day but regularly.
Why not make your Mum a lovely lunch or dinner, pick some flowers and enjoy each other’s company.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day with your family.