Mother's Day is May 13th in the U.S.!
To mommas all over the world: we salute you! Mother's Day is just about the coolest commemorative holiday, when you think about it. These people are responsible for all these things:
- Actually pushing new bodies into the world
- Making sure we survive, often sacrificing sleep, beauty, a life, sanity, etc. in that pursuit
- Loving us unconditionally
- Putting up with our shit (e.g. expecting them to clean our messes, being embarrassed by them, refusing their advice...)
- Being powerful and leading their own lives as they completely support us doing the same
...and more! They are, in a word, *crucial* for our survival as a species. Whoa.
In my own life, there have been a number of mom figures who have presented themselves in certain ways and times. My own mom, Nancy, died when I was 13 -- and she will always be the foundation and the source. But before and after that -- my whole life -- it was my dad stepping in as mom or my aunt, my grandma, my godmother, teachers or professors, or those special women at work and beyond who really care. I'm convinced that we all seek out these influences in our lives, consciously or otherwise -- that we really need them to function and stay healthy. The bond each of us has with our biological mothers can't be replaced. But neither can the unique bond we form with any of the incredible women (or men) who step up to fill a mothering role for us -- however that may look.
All this in mind... how can we show our moms and mom figures how much we appreciate them? Gifts and flowers are great. But what if instead, you took some time to think over all the moments with her, everything you're thankful for (thanks to her), and made time with her to tell her so? What if it was just you two sitting down for nothing else but so you could say these things out loud to her? That could be pretty cool.
If you'd like to present your mom or special person with something handmade on Mother's Day, I've got your back. My "uplift & encourage" or thank-you card packs are perfect for expressing your appreciation and admiration in a heartfelt way, and it supports a local lady business owner. ;) Please don't hesitate to send me a message or email me to get to work on a completely customizable pack of your own -- for Mother's Day and beyond!
Until next time~