What a beautiful day for Mother’s Day the sun is shining although the air is cool but all in all a great day. My 87-year-old mother and I were talking this morning about what Mother’s Day really means to us. Although it is great to get all the accolades and “time off” on this day, as we age it takes on a whole new meaning.
Traditionally, Mother’s Day was started in 1908 when Ann Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and she set out to campaign to make it a nationally known holiday. Although she succeeded she was very disheartened by all the commercialism that was attached to the day so soon.
When you become a Mother for the first time, Mother’s Day is becomes very special. Never before have you experienced such a bond and unconditional love as you do with your child and that first year becomes a celebration of another step into womanhood.
As the years go by, and if you are lucky that more children call you “Mom”, Mother’s Day becomes a day when you get all those little special gifts and trinkets made especially for you by your children. I still have some that my son made me and he is a grown man with a family of his own.
As you move into being a grandparent and/or great-grandparent as in my Mother’s case, the day becomes a little less festive and sometimes quiet. Yes, we still get the phone calls, the texts, the cards, the flowers, sometimes visits; but celebrating is usually done with just my Mom and I as everyone else is busy with their own families.
She and I cook dinner together and usually go flower shopping. It has been a tradition even before I was married to buy Mom’s flowers for her pots and gardens and we plant them together. This year we have the flowers, but waiting on the planting, as we have a freeze warning in effect for tonight.
I am sure you are wondering what the purpose of my blog was today. I just wanted to share my special moments and what my Mother said in our talks today. Mother’s Day is still a very cherished time with her, and this is my way of sharing our Mother’s Day with you.
Throughout our talks today, Mom has shared what his day really means to her. But one thing really hit home. She said Mother’s Day “takes on many different faces and changes as we age, but it is always present to remind us of the loved ones past and present in our heart.” She emphasized that we should actually celebrate our Mother all year round with the same admiration and love that overflows on Mother’s Day. I so agree!
So the wish from my Mother I share with you today is simple. Share the love, the glory, the special gifts with your Mother all year-long. Don’t wait for a special day to show her how much you love her. What happens if that day comes and she isn’t with you anymore. Never regret spending valuable time together. I love you Mom more than words can express ~ I cherish all the special time we have together and Happy Mother’s Day every day!!