Who is always behind you, cheering you on as you go through life? If you’re like many people, the first person you think about is your mom.
If you are as lucky and blessed as I consider myself, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement.
Growing up, I thought that all moms were like mine: supportive and loving, but also filled with expectations and the belief that her children would be successful and self-sufficient.
Most women either model their own parenting after their mom or are the mirror opposite of their mom as a parent.
If you look up mother on www.dictionary.com, you will find this: “A female parent.” When used as a verb, one of the meanings is “To care for or protect like a mother, to act maternally.”
George Washington said, “All I am I owe to my mother.” Abraham Lincoln had similar praise, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” Quotes courtesy of www.momscape.com.
When something good happens in your life, your mom is who you tell first. When somethiing awful happens, it’s to your mom that you run for comfort.
A mother helps her children learn to walk, to run, to drive, and to eventually walk away into the future. Somehow she does it all with a smile, even when her heart is breaking.
If you’re like many women, the older you get, the more you become like your Mom. If you’re like many men, the woman you marry will share many of your Mom’s qualities.
So how do you celebrate the person who gave you life, gave you roots to grow, gave you tools for success, and gave you wings to fly?
Any gift is just perfect for a mom when it’s given by her child. Whether it’s a dandelion picked in the back yard or a Picasso print purchased with money over time, a mom will ooh and ahh over the gift.
You may give your mom a hanging basket of flowers, a box of her favorite chocolates, a shiny necklace or bracelet, or a beautiful blouse.
Maybe your gift to your mom will be something different like a unique painting, a hand painted vase, or a sculpture of a mother and child.
If your mom loves photographs, your gift may be a framed photo of you with your mom, a photo of the grandkids, or even an album full of photos.
Some will pamper their mom with the gift of a manicure or pedicure, a spa day, or a trip to an exotic destination.
Kids often give coupon books with IOUs for car washes, back rubs, cleaning bedrooms without complaint, and outdoor help.
Another favorite is artwork made with handprints or fingerprints to remind her of the child who was later on when the child is older.
If your mom’s older and can’t get around so well, maybe a drive in the car to a favorite destination or help planting a garden will be your gift.
Maybe sentimental is more your style: a lovely hand-written letter telling of your love for your mom and thanking her for all she’s done.
The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can give back that will repay all your mom did for you. If you’re a mom yourself, you know just what I mean.
Perhaps the best gift of all is to take on the best qualities of your mom: to teach your children well, to love them so much your heart is always on your sleeve, to be their champion in all that they do, and to work yourself out of a job.
In the end, there’s no other like your mother. Even if you give her nothing, she’ll forgive you because that’s what mothers do.
Thank God for the gift of mothers, especially mine. I don’t know what I would have done or where I would be without her.
The older I get, the more I become my mom. But that’s okay because she’s my hero, my role model, and my inspiration.