Mother’s Day is, in my opinion, one of the most important days to celebrate. Whether you are celebrating your own mother or simply appreciating strong women who have had an impact in your life, taking the time to say thank you can mean so much.
For a few years, I struggled on Mother’s Day. I had lost my own mom and it was all that I could do to get through the day. Yes, I treasured the time with my own kids and what they and my husband would do for me, but the emptiness I felt without having someone to appreciate was overwhelming and would affect me for weeks prior.
Eventually, I realized how many other women had mother-like impacts on my life and while they could never replace my mother, they deserved my appreciation, too. My aunts, my best friends’ mothers, even some of my best friends have had a strong influence on the person I have become and rather than dwell on what I don’t have, I am now choosing to celebrate the other ladies in my life.
If you’re feeling a bit lost this year, like I had been, or if you just want to extend your celebration to include others, here are a few easy ideas that can enhance your Mother’s Day.
Call your best friend’s mom – You know the mom whose house you invaded regularly for playdates and sleepovers, eating up all her food? The one who strangers generally presumed you belonged to? Give her a call and catch up, letting her know just how important she was in your life.
Reach out to a female relative – Most of us have a favorite aunt or other relative who was like a second mother to us. Take some time out this Mother’s Day to stop by and bring her flowers if she lives close or send a card or gift to let her know you’re thinking of her.
Invite a neighbor for brunch – There are lots of moms in your neighborhood who might be alone this Mother’s Day. Invite someone who may not be able to be with their family to join in with yours as you celebrate motherhood.
Take flowers to a nursing or retirement home – Residents of assisted living and nursing facilities often spend special days alone. Why not bring a smile to a few of their faces by taking some time to visit with someone who may not have nearby family. Be sure to call ahead to find out about visiting policies, then go make some new friends.
No matter what you choose to do this Mother’s Day, make some time to show some love and appreciation to another mom. It will make your day that much brighter.
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