When did honoring a mother become a commercialized flower and dinner event?
As a mother, I know first hand that flowers and dinner are a nice gesture, but I would much prefer making Mothers Day simple. I am a low maintenance mother and do not want my children to spend money on me. I want the day to be stress-free for both them and me. I do not want them to rush around trying to find the perfect gift, all I need and all I want is them to be near me.
I have given Mother’s Day a lot of thought and if my children were to ask me what I wanted for Mothers Day I would give them some of these Mother’s Day made simple ideas:
- Write me a letter. I cannot think of a better heart-filled gift than to have in words how much I mean to my children. Something that I could tuck away and read time after time and even though my children tell me often how much they love me just knowing they took the time to write it down would mean so much more.
- Give me memory cards. I am still young enough that I can remember most of my childrens special moments, but for those I have forgotten it would be nice to have memory cards reminding me of things they hold dear from their childhood. As I age, my memory may fail, so having those cards to remind me of all those special memories would be wonderful.
- Just a little time. As an empty-nest mom, I get as giddy as a school girl when I know my children are coming for a visit. I just love them being in my home and spending time with me. Mother’s Day is the one day out of the year that I want my children close, I want to hug and love on them, but mostly I just want to spend time with them.
- If you feel like giving…make a charitable contribution. I am at a point in my life where I do not want or need anything and there are so many other mothers that need so much more than I. Make a donation to my favorite woman’s shelter or family ministry fund.
- If you are set on spending, choose quality instead quantity. I am a pretty frugal mother and there are things that I never buy myself, but love. I love coffee but would never spend $5 on a Starbucks, I love a clean car but would never spend the money to get it cleaned inside and out, I love Lemon Meringue Pie, but I am the only one who does so I never make myself one.
- A simple picnic. A day spent outside in the sunshine surrounded by the ones I love would be a perfect backdrop for a picnic in a park. A simple way to spend a special day.
I do not want my children to stress out about the perfect Mother’s Day gift, all I want is to be told I am loved and be surrounded by those that call me Mom.
I know there are many mothers reading this, so please share with me how your children could make your Mother’s Day simple!
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