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Party Time – It’s Mother’s Day

It’s exciting thinking that some businesses will be opening up again soon. Little by little we’ll be able to join together in small groups to do life in community once again. 

It’s been fun watching people get creative in this time. I’ve seen parades and large mobile billboards at people’s homes to celebrate birthdays. I’ve heard of others giving pillows with family member’s faces on it for loved ones that are isolated from them.

Mother’s Day is only a couple days away. What’s stopping us from finding unique ways to celebrate this special occasion?

As I shared yesterday in my “Mother’s Day Musings” post, our Moms need to be honoured. They work tirelessly to keep our families close. They would give us the shirts off their back if we needed it. 

So, in COVID season and a tight budget, how do we do that?

If you’re like me, procrastination gets the best of me. Mother’s Day is like Christmas. I know it’s coming, but manage to forget by the time it approaches. It’s not that I don’t absolutely value my moms, I genuinely forget. Some of these ideas are too late to arrive for Sunday, but as the saying goes, it’s “better late than never”.

· Send a letter in the mail – I’m not talking a basic card with your signature on it. Put some thought into it. Write out reasons why you love and appreciate your mom. Share things that she’s done for you that’s meant a lot. That letter will go straight to her heart. 

· Send flowers – The sun and warmth are welcoming the beauty of spring. Order some flowers to cheer up the inside of her house as the blossoms of spring decorate the outside. 

· Buy a tree or plant – Flowers quickly fade. Purchase something that says “I love you” more permanently that she can enjoy year after year. 

· Bake her favourite treat – You can do this a couple different ways:

o Bake it, then drive to her house, and have a distanced porch/lawn visit

o Face Time with your mom and bake the treat together at the same time. It might not be a physical gift, but it will give her some special time with you. You can both enjoy the treat afterwards. This is special if you used to enjoy baking with her when you were younger (a friend’s advice)

· Give her some I.O.U.’s for a special outing together (coffee date, lunch, beach, shopping, etc). Pick something she would enjoy.

· Pull out some old photos of the two of you. Make a virtual or physical collage with your favourite stories and send her a little journal of it. 

· Help her with a task that’s been bugging her or on her list that she hasn’t been able to accomplish lately. 

· Give her the gift of time – This could be socially distanced on her front lawn, through something like FaceTime, a phone call, etc. 

· Go for a hike. Enjoy the fresh outdoors together. If it’s warm enough, end with a picnic. 

There are lots of things that you can do to show your mom you love and care about her. Acknowledging this special day for her will mean a lot. If you don’t know what to do, think about the things she does for you. It’s probably gifts she’d like to receive back. Yay for celebrations!

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