Five Special Ways to Express Happy Mother's Day, May 13, 2018
by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe
My Mom Judy Carr passed away 12 years ago and I still miss her. This photo is of her last Mother's Day well and healthy with all of the family. This photo shows her at her happiest-surrounded by all of her precious grandchildren-Shane, Marlene, Meghan and Mo.
Like me, you probably have other wonderful ladies who are like mothers in your life, too. I'm grateful for my late Auntie Lee and Auntie Velva, too.
I'm also grateful for my Aunt Debi, my many dear friends and colleagues including Zee Ghanati, Kat Sar, Mary Kuhl, Jennie Carr, Irene Surber, Lizzy Rios, Carol Evanicky, and my precious children Marlena and Monique and my beloved husband Steve. (There's no Mother's Day without a Dad in there somewhere!)
Consider using the "Five Languages of Love" as a base for expressing your affection, appreciation and love to the mothers in your life.
Mother's Day Gifts of Verbal Words. Stop multitasking, be quiet for a second and tell your mother you have something important to tell her. Then look her in the eyes and say, "I love you, Mom."
Mother's Day Gifts of Written Words. Choosing a Mother's Day card that expresses how you feel about your mother is one way. Consider adding a short (or long) personal note, telling her you love her, you are proud of her and she did a good job as a Mom. I can tell you from personal experience no child is too old to make a home-made card, whether with scrapbooking or on the computer using photos of you two together. Younger children can draw pictures if they are too young to write. My youngest daughter made this card on my computer for me and I love it. My oldest daughter handmade a scrapbook-style card for me that I still treasure.
Mother's Day Gifts of Physical Items. Besides Mother’s Day cards, traditional gifts of chocolate, jewelry and flowers are commonly given on Mother’s Day. Consider something more personal, such as adding an item to her collection, whether it’s Swarovski figurines, Disney pins or art prints. Consider buying a first-edition hardback book of her favorite author or printing a computer-made book of her favorite recipes. Make it tangible and personal. Buy an entire bag of her favorite Mars Dark candy bars or an assortment of only her favorite ones. Rather than a pre-selectred box of See’s chocolates, pick out a box only of her favorites, such as dark chocolate caramel, bourdeux and mint truffles (in case anyone is interested in my favorites!)
Mother's Day Gifts of Physical Affection. Give your mother a real hug-one where you hold her for a minute and just be close, as you did as a child. Or while watching a movie or sitting and talking, hold her hand.
Mother's Day Gifts of Time. Remember the coupon books children would give to their parents? From “Good for 1 hug” to “Good for 1 lawn mowing with no complaining,” gifts of time can be priceless. Need ideas? Try a grown son taking her mother out on a “date” just the two of them-that is a rare present, one my mother treasured for years. Or children going to church without complaining.
It can be doing something for her, such as organizing the garage, washing the car, or taking her to see the penguins at the zoo. One of my favorites is to just set aside a Mom-and-child date of an afternoon to spend together doing whatever she wants to do-maybe even play "Go Fish", "War" or "Candyland" for old times sake.
Be sure to say thank all of the women who've been mothers to you, sharing their gifts of time, affection, words and more. It can be a phone call, a handwritten note, a lovely card, a gift, washing the car or just a heartfelt hug. Let those ladies know you love and appreciate them in your life.
And to my Mommy Judy Carr up in heaven, Happy Mother's Day and I love you. You did a great job. I'm still working to learn how to be as good a Mommy as you were. Here's a kiss, and a hug.
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