What is the best Mother’s Day present you can give? Time. Time out of your busy schedule; time out of your hectic life; time for just you and your mom. If your mother is still here on this great earth then make the time to see her. It doesn’t have to actually be on Mother’s Day, you can reserve that day for yourself to spend with your own children if you have them. If your mom has passed, then celebrate the day by sharing some of your favorite mom stories with your family. It’s how our history survives, pass it on.
Last weekend, I spent three days with my mom. I’m one of six daughters so it’s the rare visit that is solo. Usually, we all gather to celebrate a milestone or holiday but I scheduled this trip when I knew she hadn’t had a visitor in a while. When I walked into her assisted living apartment, I was greeted with her fabulous smile! She looked radiant. At 85, she’s as quick as a whip, knows more current events than a news desk and always has a kind word for everyone. It’s a pleasure to be in her company. When I see her, it’s like I look into my future, I’m her clone! Today, when I pass a mirror, I often think I’m looking at my mom, but it’s just me – appearing how she did many years ago at my current age.
So I whisked her off to a favorite restaurant and once we were seated, I said, I want to take a picture, a selfie. She’s not a ham by any stretch but she said, “Oh, okay, even the Pope takes selfies.” And what a great pic she took!
We had a terrific visit and took a journey to our old neighborhood. I grew up a block from the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey and spent many days swimming, sailing and boating in those waters. We always made our ‘beach camp’ on the street where we lived. Some of my best memories were spent on that beach, which we aptly named, Betty’s Beach, after my mom.
When I was a kid, my mom didn’t join us at the beach – there were 6 of us! No, she was happy to send us off to play in the water and sun and leave her to run her household. But still, it was and always will be Betty’s Beach. So I drove Mom to Betty’s Beach to look at the sand, watch the waves roll in and hear the gulls. It was the best Mother’s Day ever.
Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!