Alright y’all, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. Here are some of the sweet Mother’s Day ideas and memories that readers have shared thus far. Get inspired. Send a copy to your husband at work. Or better yet, print a copy, highlight your favorites, and post it in the bathroom!
I so loved it when my kids (ages 5 and 8), with Dad’s help, cleaned the inside of my car. Every last piece of paper, goldfish, and McDonald’s toy was tossed, all of last summer’s sand (and the summer before?) was vacuumed up, and the windows were windexed. I could actually see the floor. The kids did this for my birthday a few weeks ago, but I think I will suggest a touch-up for Mother’s Day. Having a clean car has really lifted my spirits this spring!
An Empty House?
The absolutely best Mother’s Day gift I ever received happened about 7 yrs ago. My house had totally degenerated due to being busy with classes I was taking, working, etc., and we needed some serious spring cleaning. My husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, and I told him I wanted a whole day in my house by myself to clean. He took all the kids someplace (I can’t remember where, nor did I even care to know at the time) the day before Mother’s Day, and I cleaned like a fiend all day long. Nobody was there to distract me, make messes, or take care of, and it was divine. My house was clean for Mother’s Day. I still remember that gift very fondly.
A Restful Morning
My favorite Mother’s Day gift is breakfast in bed! And the time to enjoy it, even if I do have to share!
Book of Letters
Four years ago I started a tradition that all my children give me on Mother’s Day is a letter. These letters get put in a special “Mothers Day” scrap book. It is so wonderful to see year after year how they are growing and maturing. They write about different things we did over the past year. This year, they are already working on their “sloppy copies.” My husband of course helps them out, but these letters come from their hearts and they are the best gift I could ever ask for.
The best Mother’s Day gift I received was 3 yrs ago. I had just gone back to college to finish my degree in biology after taking a semester off (O.K. so it turned into 15 years!). In April of 2003, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and with school, work, kids and my diagnosis… I was a little stressed! My final exam was at 9am on the Monday after Mother’s Day and the Thursday before, my professor decided to assign the class two lab reports due at 9am on Monday as well. That Mother’s Day weekend, I spent very little time with my children or my mother. My mother watched my children for the weekend while I went to school and wrote lab reports. I came home late Saturday night and my Mother and my daughter came to my house at 11pm. They presented me with a whole casserole dish of my mom’s homemade eggplant parmesan. My mom and my daughter (who was 9 at the time)…breaded and baked … and made it with lots of love. It is a favorite of mine, and let me tell you, my Mom makes a mean eggplant parmesan, even though she is not Italian.
Blanket of Love
I have 4 children and about 2 years ago they, with their father, gave me my favorite gift. I had been making no-sew fleece blankets that year as gifts for my children and with them as gifts for their Grandmas and Grandpas, aunts and cousins. I had broadly hinted to them and my husband that I wanted one for myself. I did not hold out much hope though because usually what I think of as explicit hints falls on deaf ears. Well, this time it didn’t. On Mother’s Day I got the most awesome blue (my favorite color) blanket sized a little larger than standard so I could fit children under it with me. And, the complete surprise part: My fifth grader at the time had made a decorated picture mat. It has blue embellishments and written around the opening: “Thank you for driving me to sports” “Thank you for my birthday parties” and “Thank you for helping me with homework.” And the final part of the gift: On Mother’s Day my husband took a picture of me with the children on our recliners for the elderly with our blankets. It is framed with the mat my daughter made and holds a treasured spot on my dresser. This gift is my favorite both because I love my woobie blanket (what we call fleece) and because my husband included our children in the choosing of the fabric and the making of the blanket. The picture turned out great too.
The best Mother’s Day gift that I received was a little booklet my daughter had created at school about what she loved about me. It was very touching and occasionally I read it just to make me smile. Stephanie gave it to me when she was in the 5th grade. She is now 16 and growing up oh so quickly.
Every day is “Best Mother’s Day” when I can have all three of my children together in our home again. And we can sit down together for a meal, talk, laugh remember times when they were younger. That is all I need or want. It’s so hard when they move in different directions because of their work.
When my daughter was 5 years old she gave me “Tickle” deodorant for Mother’s Day because there was a commercial in the ’70’s that showed if you applied this “Tickle” deodorant you would laugh and smile. That definitely was the funniest if not the best of all the jewels that she and her father had given me all through these 35 years. Just a little “tickle” for mother’s day!
A Blessing for Mom
My best Mother’s Day gift was my sweet baby #5, Anna Therese. She was delivered Mother’s Day weekend. My second favorite gift was the rocking chair that my husband surprised me with when we came home from the hospital with her. He bought it because while we were building our house I told him that I imagined myself rocking and nursing our little newborn in the cozy little nook in our bedroom and looking at the sunrise through the window. He was very thoughtful to remember that!
Two years ago I was very happy to have my twenty-somethings come home on Mother’s Day to visit and to receive their cards and gifts. I was also very happy to cook them a nice big dinner. But after cooking a big meal for 11 people, I was facing a big mess in the kitchen and no volunteers to help clean it up. All the twenty-somethings left, happy with their meal and satisfied that they had pleased Mom with their gifts and presence. After saying goodbye to them, I came back into the kitchen to tackle the dishes and found my 18 year old son washing the dishes all by himself (we had no dishwasher then). This was the son who had always resisted housework and much preferred to do anything in the yard or on the cars, and who was also in the midst of the “breaking away from the family and establishing his independence mode.” He was the son who never shared his thoughts or feelings and was often unpleasant. He did every dish, glass, pot and pan and made the kitchen sparkle! He has never done that again (although he has surprised me in other ways and I know I can count on him when I really need him) but I will always remember that as the best gift I ever got on Mother’s Day.
Funny to say, but the best Mother’s Day gift I have received is a day at the spa. My husband sent me for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, hairstyle and lunch. It felt so indulgent to have 5 hours all to myself, pampering myself, but I loved every minute of it. I felt like royalty when I left that place. I spent much of my time on the massage table trying to figure out how we could fit this into the monthly budget!
On Mother’s Day, May 12, 2002, my older son received his First Communion. It was a very special day for me since my husband is not Catholic and I take my responsibility to form my children in the Faith very seriously. My son has sensory issues which made group instruction difficult, so our priest kindly allowed him to receive at the 8 am mass, which we usually attended. The “regulars” were so happy to see him receive! It was a beautiful day.
Last year, my husband surprised me with an iPod. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it at first. I kind of accused him of getting something he would enjoy! It turned out to be the best thing for my “lose the baby weight” exercise plan I started a few weeks later. It sure made those early mornings on the treadmill a lot more enjoyable. I have everything from classic rock, the Wiggles (for the kids), Marie Bellet, and the Rosary on it. I was even able to put my Kimberly Hahn CD’s on it so my friends could borrow the real ones at the same time.
Cup o’ Tea
I bought myself and my mother the same pretty teacup and saucer so that we could enjoy something “together” We live 5000 miles apart.
Flowers for a New Mom
My favorite Mother’s day gift was flowers from my in laws when I was pregnant with my first child.
The Saturday before Mother’s Day I saw my kids gathering up their money and going next door to my neighbor’s yard sale. They each came back with a fancy wrapped package (she has a home business and has to wrap gifts). The next day they eagerly presented these to me. My daughter gave me a long silk looking dress. Fortunately or unfortunately, it fit me. So yes, I wore it to church that morning with my daughter beaming- it looked like a long floral…I don’t know. I haven’t yet worn the two yard sale shirts from my other 2 boys as they were out of season, with long sleeves (hee hee).
Next my son presented me with a dvd he made in computer class with slides over the years to the tune of “Sweet Southern Comfort” and it ended with a live shot of my children waving goodbye and “We love you mom” Boy, did I cry! Even my husband got teary eyed.
Gift of Charity
My husband and kids (at my request) donated money in my name to some of my favorite charities including: American Life League (#1 fave), American Cancer Society, MDA (Jerry’s kids). All of these charities are on the internet, and donations can be made online too. I have more perfume, lotions, bath products and figurines than I could ever need. I really like getting this kind of gift better.
Mom’s a Winner
I believe the best Mother’s Day present I gave and received was the year I submitted a poem to our local community newspaper, who was running a Mother Of The Year contest. Instead of writing an essay I wrote a poem and it won first prize for her. I’m not a writer by any means, but being a mother myself and appreciating all of motherhood, I stayed up all night trying to compose a poem. The best part of her winning was they forgot to notify us, and it was just printed in the newspaper. She went to church that Sunday and everyone was saying, “Congratulations, mother of the year!” She had no idea what they were talking about until someone told her the poem and her picture were in the paper. Of course seeing her face was the best gift I could have received. And the newspaper treated Mom and Dad and all her kids and grandkids to dinner.
The best gift I have gotten from my children so far was an apron with all their handprints on it. My husband was in charge and he wrote their names underneath in fabric markers. Of course, I had to buy the apron, the paint and the markers!
And finally, we hear from a reader earning some brownie points:
My favorite Mother’s Day gift was an outdoor statue of Mary from my husband. This year’s will be a close second – a copy of your book.