(Photo by Lindsay O’Neil)
A Little Mother’s Day Reminder
By Maxine O’Loane
Let’s start this off with a quick “Happy Mother’s Day” to all those incredible moms out there. Before we start, I have a question for you: when was the last time you told your mom you loved her? Or did something to show how much you appreciate her? And I don’t mean just a quick, “thanks Mom, love you too” as you’re walking out the door. No, I’m talking about a sincere heart to heart conversation.
Since it’s just us, I’ll be the first to admit that up until a few weeks ago I would have answered “it’s been a while.” Now, your answer might be different from mine. You could have been completely honest and answered “yesterday” or “last week” and if that’s true then I might need some pointers when we’re done. The truth is that I get so caught up in my own life and take for granted the fact that I’m blessed with amazing parents. I forget to remind them every once in a while.
Yes, Mother’s Day is coming up and I’m sure we’re all thinking about what heartfelt notes to write in those beautifully decorated Hallmark cards. But, what about changing it up a bit this year? Instead of saying we love her in a card, what if we showed her how much she means to us throughout the year? And trust me, it doesn’t require tons of expensive gifts or extensive scrapbook craft ideas. I mean, if you have the money, time and creativity then I say go for it! Its not like she doesn’t deserve it, and it’ll mean more to her than you could ever imagine.
Here, I’ll give you an example of what I did a few weeks ago. My mom had finished reading a book she bought a while back and was so excited. She had never finished reading a book this lengthy before and this was a big accomplishment. So one day I stopped by the store and bought her a card and a cute caterpillar plush. Just to let you know, I’m a huge book nerd myself so I think its safe to say I was just as excited as she was. To make it short, I filled out the card saying how proud I was of her and how much I love and appreciate her. My mom’s reaction was priceless, you would have thought I had just given her a Louis Vuitton or something. It was then that I realized something very important: my mom does so much more for me than I give her credit for. Not just the big things either, its little things, like making sure I have money for food, doing the dishes for me when I’m stressing over homework, or sending a random “have a good day daughter. Love you!” text. That’s just how moms are I guess. They put their all into taking care of their families and expect nothing in return.
What I’m trying to say here is—take some time out of your day and let your mom, mother figure, mentor know that you love them. And every once in a while show them just how cherished they are in your eyes with a card, surprise them with lunch, or even a quick heartfelt text to help them start off their day. Because like I said before, these beautiful women are willing to do whatever it takes to make your life a little easier and they definitely don’t get enough credit for it. So, this year when you’re filling out your Mother’s Day card or buying her that See’s Candy she’s been dropping hints at, remember something: she should be celebrated not just once a year but all the other 364 days as well.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing…her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also praises her. Many women have done excellently, but you have surpassed them all”
– Proverbs 31:25-30 (ESV)