Do you remember when giving the perfect Mother’s Day gift
was easy? A homemade key ring perhaps, or a bouquet of papier-maché flowers. Do
you remember how happy it made your mother, and how long she kept it?
As we get older, we tend to eschew such homegrown presents
for bigger ticket items. A key ring becomes a cruise, those paper roses become
the real deal. And while most mothers wouldn’t turn up their noses at such
lavish and thoughtful gifts, many of them don’t treasure them any more than the
homemade ones from when you were just a kid.
They may prefer such gifts of love even more now. That’s why
we’re presenting five ways to give a Mother’s Day gift from the heart.
a one-on-one girls’ night out: Sure, you might see your mother all the time,
but do you ever find yourself always “doing for,” and seldom “being with?”
Consider setting aside a date night with your mom: get dressed up and go to
dinner, get mani-pedis, catch a show – anything to break from routine and do
something you’ll both enjoy.
with photo albums and scrapbooks: If your mom is like many of us, she probably
has a stack of mementos and photos that she has just never gotten around to
organizing. How about dedicating a day – or one day a month for however long it
takes – to help her? Not only will it give her an excuse to tackle the project,
but strolling down memory lane is so much more enjoyable when you’re with
someone you love.
her start a container garden: Whether your mom is a perennial green thumb, or
this is her first go, container gardens are an easy-to-maintain way to bring
some new life into the picture – and they can be adapted to any environment.
All you need is a pot, some seeds or seedlings and a patch of sunlight to get
started. For more tips, click here.
a Memorial Day visit: Sometimes seniors long to visit their deceased loved ones
but can’t get to the gravesites – particularly if they’re in several different
cemeteries. You can help by offering to be her chauffeur for the day or the
weekend. Try to keep the mood from getting too heavy by encouraging your mom to
tell funny stories about the deceased, or enjoying a meal at their favorite
restaurant after the visit: breakfast at Uncle Murray’s favorite diner; lunch
at the place she used to go with her friend, Barbara; dinner at Dad’s go-to
being present your present: This goes beyond just physically being there to
help, but actually committing to being mentally and emotionally present, too.
We are always so distracted and rushed that sometimes it’s easy to let our
minds wander or get impatient when we’re around someone with a quieter, slower
lifestyle than our own. Instead, try to be in the moment when you’re with your
mom. She will appreciate it and your own peace of mind will probably benefit
from the calm.
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