May always means Mother’s Day, a day we take stock of all the reasons moms are important to us throughout our lives, and why we are so grateful for them. They have that magical touch to heal our wounds, lift our spirits with a smile and advise us like no one else, no matter what age we may be. This Mother’s Day, May 8th, celebrate mom!
The best gift you can give your mom on Mother’s Day is to simply be there for her. Here are some ideas for spending quality time with her.
Get the family together. Gather together all the generations—grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family and friends for a joint celebration. If the weather is nice, an outdoor barbecue might be the best venue.
Keep it simple. A memorable and unique celebration doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Head for your favorite coffee shop, ice cream parlor, or restaurant to share in a treat. Visit a long-adored park, or play tourist in your town, treating her to an outing.
Cook a favorite meal. Work side-by-side with your mom to prepare a meal that your family loves. Or, if she’d rather be excused to relax while you do all the cooking, that’s OK, too!
Take a short stroll/ride. According to your mother’s health and capabilities, plan a walk in the park, botanical garden, or a shopping mall (indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather). Even a stroll around your mom’s neighborhood can be relaxing, fun, and surprisingly interesting, as both of you point out landmarks, houses, shops, trees, and vegetation that catch your attention or bring back memories. And if a stroll is to physically hard, take a scenic ride in the car.
Living Apart. Of course if you cannot be with your mom on Mother’s Day, send flowers, chocolates or pick up the phone to connect with her. Let her know you are thinking about her, you can bet she is thinking of you!