Once a year a day is set aside for Mom. But Mom could be Grandma, Auntie, Step Mom, Sister, or anyone who was there in your growing years and made an impact on who you are today.
Stores and shops are filled with ideas for gifts, food, cards, and “items” to celebrate this very special day. However, having been a mom, grandma, auntie, etc. and all of the above, gifts and years have come and gone. Some gifts are very, very special and others you remember and appreciate. T
he gifts that truly are part of your heart are those that brought memories, visions of the past and the beautiful years you shared, as well as the “details” that you thought no one would ever remember.
Let me just say – I have kept every single gift, card, and picture of my special day with my very special people. All are forever etched on my heart and with today’s and the world’s special needs, the gifts of today’s Mother’s Day are uniquely different.
This year the “details” are more important than they have ever been. They are not only emotional, but vital to those who give and those who receive. The year 2021 is a calendar year that tugs that what is most important in life, treasures that no one can buy or put away. They are open, sincere, and more important than it was imagined in the past.
This year the Mother’s Day gifts that really count and are so vital do not cost money. They only cost time, emotions, feelings, love and more love. This year when this special day rolls around, any gesture is more accepted with feelings that have been latent for some time – because everyone was so busy, so involved, and yes, striving to do everything for everyone.
This Mother’s Day, give the gift of “me and you.” Point out a special day, event, meal, season, holiday, personal time spent together, or just “a moment” that was so very special that it should have a star named after it. That shining star moment or event can be written in stone with a picture, a color (flowers, dress, place, or time. An old saying of “it’s in the details” is what this year’s Mother’s Day is all about.
Many have lost loved ones due to illness, many have not been with us for a while, and yet, this is their day – their special time to be touched, hugged, and treasured. It is so very simple- match an object with a thought – and yet that small gesture will be a fabulous memory for the receiver but it will give the “giver” something to hold in their hearts for ever.
This special gift can be a color of a dress worn, a bouquet of flowers you were given, a face that you have forgotten in time, a place that may no longer be in existence, or a meal that you know you can’t replicate because it just won’t taste the same. In the place of what is missing, bring in the details. Write them, picture them, imitate them, or bring them back in whatever venue you are gifted with. Imagination and effort will always prevail over excellence and mass produced. Put the items in a box, put them on paper, or even create an item that would be always remembered as that special time together. Grandma’s apron, the dress mom always looked so good in, the spice that made your mouth water at the holidays, the time in history that can never be brought back but is remembered so beautifully in the heart.
This year, forego the shopping mall, the restaurant, or the tickets to a show, and replace them with “me and you.” In our minds, time is now more precious than ever, the person who is still around is a true part of your heart, and the ones who are no longer here will feel your love, your pain and your need to remember, share, and never forget.
Mother’s Day 2021 – make it simple – simply you – and that will be the blessing we can all share.
Arleen M. Schindler has written many books and articles on everyday living and finding peace and joy in all we do. With the year 2021 being so different, time, memories, and family and friends are not only enjoyable but so very vital
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