My children are so blessed with the wonderful carers that are in their lives, from school and pre-school teachers to their swimming instructors. So at Christmas it’s nice to give a little Thank You to those who invest so much time and effort into our kids….
Mother’s Day is nearly here again and I find myself thinking about what I can do to bless my amazing Mum… and if you’re anything like me… this can be a difficult question…
So I thought this year I might do some ‘research’ : )
(Actually, if you know me I’m ALWAYS doing research for something)
So I thought I’d ask some Mums a couple of questions about Mothers Day.
Q1: What is your most memorable/special Mothers Day memory?
Q2: What is (or has been) your favourite gift to receive on Mothers Day?
My Mum, Victoria said:
“My favourite gift was definitely the photo album of all my children and grandchildren.”
“Most ‘memorable memory’ probably the LAST breakfast in bed from the last child at home, because it made me remember and appreciate all the ones I had been blessed with over the years.”
“Well I have to say my sweetest Mother’s day gift was ‘Honour’. One year, I was not honoured and I am afraid I told my family off. I asked them to no longer acknowledge Mothers Day if they were going to be self-focussed and self-interested.
It hit home, and the next year they thought deeply about what honour meant to me. They took me on a special surprise lunch but more importantly, they honoured me, they thought about what was important to me…and that is being blessed by those who love me and especially by being listened to.”
So to me the number one thing to think about when celebrating Mothers Day is to actually think about your Mum, and what SHE would like. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, it just has to be thought out… so here are some of my favourite suggestions that she ‘might’ like:
~ Flowers – you can never go wrong with flowers. Perhaps just do some ‘recon’ into what is her favourite.
~ Gift Certificates – these may seem like a ‘cop out’, but it definitely guarantees that she’ll get what she wants.
~ Jewellery – again, how could you go wrong?!
~ Time – does she like time alone, or time with people? Set aside some quality time for her that she’ll really enjoy.
~ Food – as a cook with food on the brain always, is she a ‘foodie’? Does she have favourites that she doesn’t get to enjoy often? Or perhaps take her out to a nice restaurant.
~ A house cleaner – this is just a wild thought… send her out for the morning and get someone to clean the house – or do it for her. I know, crazy idea!
~ Photos – what Mum doesn’t like photos? Of her children, her partner, her grandchildren. They all grow up so fast, it’s nice to have reminders along the way. Photo books are also a great way to go.
~ Something for her hobby – Does your Mum have something that she LOVES to do? e.g. cooking, sewing, travel, reading, gardening, coffee? Buy her something specific to what she likes to do. This really shows thought and consideration.
Ok, so you might have known all of that… but this is for me as much as anyone else.
And if you’re a Mum saying “Amen” to all those suggestions… perhaps you might like to send a copy to your family for just a little friendly prompting : )
So put Sunday 12th May in the diary and think about the Mum’s in your life, past, present and future.