Mother’s Day 2015 is fast approaching. If you’re like me, once the first of May hits, all the great gift ideas I’ve had for Mother’s Day evaporate like a mud puddle on a hot summer day. Though I have good intentions, I end up scrambling for the tired old lotion and body wash combo. Don’t get me wrong, bath and body products are a lovely treat any mother would love. Sometimes, however, I’d like to give Mom something new, and more special.
As I sit here wondering what Mom would like the best for Mother’s Day 2015, I realize I’ve been going about this all wrong. Mother’s Day is not a typical holiday, such as Thanksgiving, where everyone is equally involved. This is about that very personal, completely unique relationship between yourself and your mother. It is a one-of-a-kind original. No one else has quite the same bond. Shouldn’t the effort you put into Mother’s Day reflect that?
So I’m issuing a challenge to all those busy adult children out there like myself to give something very different. This Mother’s Day 2015, give the gift of yourself. Truly, whether she says so or not, this is really what Mom wants. A little bit of your time, your attention, and your love.
There are many ways this can be accomplished, and rather than adding stress to life, these ideas should grant you pleasure, as well.
If you live near to your mother’s home, take her out for her favorite meal, just the two of you, or with the sibling group. Choose her favorite meal time, at her favorite restaurant. This day is not about you. Set aside at least an hour or two to devote to conversation about favorite moments from your childhood, or simply catch up on current events.
If you live farther away and cannot make it to your mother’s home in person, call her on the phone. I don’t mean text her, send her a Facebook message, or tweet “Happy Mother’s Day 2015.” Call her on the phone so she can hear your voice. Better yet, use a video chat site such as Skype so she can see your face as well. It’s important to set aside a block of time where you aren’t being pulled in every which direction by your own children, pounding the keyboard on your computer, or watching the latest episode of Big Bang Theory. Make a cup of coffee or glass of tea, curl up in your favorite spot, and give your mom the gift of your time this Mother’s Day. Simply relax and spend some time together. You might be surprised by how much enjoyment you receive.
I urge you to accept this challenge and celebrate Mother’s Day 2015 in a completely new manner. Who knows, it may become an annual tradition. Share your Mother’s Day ideas here.
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