“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever” – Anonymous
The day set aside to honour our mothers – Mother’s Day, is celebrated on different dates, depending on what part of the world you live in. In Canada it is celebrated on Sunday May 8th. While societies have celebrated motherhood for centuries, the more common holiday isn’t very old. Interestingly, Anna Jarvis, the woman who trademarked the term “Mother’s Day” in 1912 to acknowledge the efforts of mothers, many years later expressed her displeasure that the holiday had become so commercialized. So in honour of Anna Jarvis, here are some low-cost, non-commercial ways to mark this very special day.
Make a card. Anna Jarvis hated the fact that people started buying cards to give their moms – she believed people should write a note that comes from their hearts to their moms rather than buying something pre-written. So grab a pen and paper, and write down everything that makes your mom special to you. If you are artistic, add some pictures – and even if you aren’t artistic, remember that no matter what you draw or write, your mom will no doubt appreciate the effort.
Give mom a special night in. Place a blanket and pillow on the couch and hand mom a remote. Let her sit back and watch some TV (or you can even rent a movie for her) while you make sure no kids disturb her night in.
Try preparing a Mother’s day meal for mom and the whole family. Make sure you have other adults that are there to help out / supervise. If no other adults are present, have mom watch while you do the work. You don’t have to make the meal too complicated – even something simple like sandwiches made by you will definitely be appreciated by mom.
Create some family coupons. These are coupons you make and give mom, which she can use at any time throughout the year. If mom usually does the vacuuming, create a coupon that, when she decides to use it, means you will vacuum. Sometimes mom just needs some quality time, so give her coupons that let her go and disappear into a relaxing bubble bath for an hour without any of her kids knocking on the door. Create as many coupons as possible – but remember that you want to make coupons for chores she usually does and that you need to be fully prepared to do them when she redeems her coupons.
While it is important to do something special for mom on Mother’s Day – it’s just as important to do something for her each and every day. After all, she gave you life, and while you may not always agree with her (and may not always like her rules) chances are she is one of the most important people in your life. Whatever it is that you decide to do on Mother’s Day, your mom will no doubt love you for it.