Happy May!!! Mother’s Day is just around the corner. In fact, it’s this Sunday, and so it got me thinking about all the ways we celebrate our moms. As a kid, I remember the sweet Hallmark commercials on TV which started weeks before and always left you in tears, and do you remember the FTD Mother’s Day bouquet? When my brother and I were young, there were always flowers on Mother’s Day, for my mom and my grandmas who we would visit, and we celebrated the special day by going out for dinner.
As a teen, my mom and I would take an annual trip to New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Mother’s Day weekend to visit her parents, while my dad and brother enjoyed their weekend together at home. We would go out for lunch, or my mom and I would make dinner and a special dessert to celebrate. After my grandparents passed away, we did the traditional Mother’s Day brunches, but more recently, my mom and I started traveling again. We had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah, Georgia a few years back, and this year we will be spending Mother’s Day in Charleston, South Carolina.
As children, it’s difficult to have a true appreciation for our moms, and what they do for us other than taking care of our basic needs at any given moment. I thought my mom was so cool because she was my Brownie leader, introduced me to what would be a life long love of foreign films, and, of course, took me on many trips to the Art Institute. Her love of culture definitely rubbed off on me, and we still enjoy doing those things together.
Let’s face it, the teenage years can be a little crazy. This is especially challenging between a mother and daughter, when we daughters think we know it all. I’m sure there were times when my mom wanted to give me a swift kick you-know-where, but she never did. I’m happy to say that our relationship never underwent the almost constant turmoil that many mothers and daughters experience. We may not have agreed on matters all the time, but there was always a mutual respect for each other’s feelings. Besides, we always enjoyed each other’s company way too much. I have to say it really wasn’t until I was older and became a mother myself, that I truly understood the depth of love and sacrifice a mother makes for her child. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without my mom’s presence during those early years, when I was a young mom. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and was terrified that I would somehow inadvertently “break” my child. She literally moved in for a few weeks after my first son was born, not only to help me out, but to give me the confidence I needed to take the reigns when it was time for her to go. She’s always been there for advice and, many times, a shoulder, and she has been a wonderful grandmother to all seven of her grandchildren.
Like everything in life, there is an ebb and flow that occurs, and this includes relationships. Our relationship has changed with the hands of time. We’ve both grown wiser as women, as well as mothers, and it’s deepened our relationship with each other. There is a friendship that has developed, she’s still the most beautiful woman I know, she’s my business partner, my confidant, and yet, she will always be my mom.
I hope you all enjoy celebrating your moms this weekend. Here are a few quotes about mothers and daughters from two of my favorite authors. Happy Mother’s Day. ~May
No, we didn’t plan the same color shirts… 🙂
“Even as a small child, I understood that women had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.”
―Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers
“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
―Kristin Hannah, Summer Island