Is it May yet?
I’m not trying to rush through April, but it’s not necessarily my favorite month of the year. My work-life ramps up only to abruptly taper down – like falling off a cliff – and I get a bit cranky.
On a positive note – the April stuff I actually enjoy is celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday.
I love the rebirth and newness of spring. I pay attention to the verbose chirping of the birds outside my bedroom window, waking me up way before 6 a.m. I try to plant something and hope it lives beyond a month.
I spend more time sitting on the porch with my multigenerational family after dinner. My mother-in-law will sometimes sit in the rocking chair she repurposed and share random news bits.
She’ll mention local events that may interest all of us or she’ll talk about people (who I don’t know) from her hometown. I like these random mother-in-law ramblings (hey – in a good way) and mellow downtime that settles me after a hectic and busy day.
Then the month of May arrives, my favorite month of the year. I get a burst of energy and I’m skipping around (literally).
Both my children were born in the month of May, and the extra amazing part about that is my mother-in-law was my birth coach. Yes, she was right there for the birth of her “bookend” grandchildren (bookend meaning the oldest and youngest grandchildren),
School ends, for the kids, at the end of May and then the luxury of summer leisure arrives.
The other gem of May is Mother’s Day. Yes, I love Mother’s Day because mothers are awesome, amazing, and deserve a special day. (I’m willing to lobby for a mother’s month, but let me not get ahead of myself.)
I’ve been asked if I mind sharing Mother’s Day with my mother-in-law.
My answer: No.
Honestly, I think that’s an odd question. I’m sharing mother’s day with a whole lot of moms I don’t know, so why not celebrate with a mom who I know well – and who helped bring my babies into this world?
There’s no true competition between the moms in this multigenerational household – although I can have some mental lapses about this. Just sayin’! There is enough room, love, and joy to spread around on Mother’s Day – and any other day.
I asked some great moms in my life about the best gift they received on Mother’s Day, and here’s what they said:
- The best gifts from the kids for Mother’s Day have always been hand-made cards because they are personal and took time to draw and thought to write. –C.H.
- Maybe some spa treatments, manicure, a great dinner and movie, or a romantic gateway. A day where you do not do ANYTHING! –I.P.
- The best way to get the Mother’s day give you want is to ASK! Every Mother’s day weekend, I put my whole family to work with an annual list of spring household/garden tasks. The rules are no one can complain, everyone works together all day, and I get to blast whatever music I choose throughout the house and yard (although they are allowed to put their iPod headsets on when they’ve had enough). We’ve been doing this for years and it has created a lovely sense of us as a family team that is truly capable of working together. It has also afforded everyone with lots of fun time freedom on other spring weekends because all the dirty work has been done! Now that the kids are departing the nest for college, this will be the first year that we won’t be able to have this annual event. I’m sure I will miss it more than them, but I’m willing to wager that the kids will institute a similar tradition in their own households someday but with a twist…spa day added for everyone on the following weekend! – P.H.
- I got a brand-new, red jeep Cherokee one year. It had been delivered to our house by a friend, with a love note attached to the windshield, signed by my husband. I was the first to see it on the driveway, thinking, “Who do we know with a red jeep?” I was totally surprised! Totally! Other years I’d been given the prettiest flowers. – C.Z.
- The kids put on roller blades, put tissue paper flames out of the back of the blades, dressed up in “cool” clothes and did a “Mother’s Day 3D rollerblading show” in the kitchen. My mom was there too, from out of town, which made it even better. –K.C.H.
- My best Mother’s day gift was a bracelet. Why: It was made by Andrés when he was in 3rd grade. I love it because it was made by him. – I.P.
- I liked a picnic outing with all my kids. We had lovely food, wine, and some fun in the park. But that’s me with older kids…over 21. –D.N.L.
- My favorite and absolute best mother day gift is when my husband takes over some of my typical “mom duties” to give me a break that day. He makes breakfast and then cleans up the kitchen, we plan a fun family outdoor activity (hiking, biking, etc.), he gets our son dressed, packs snacks or a lunch, and out we go. For me, I get to enjoy the meals, the exercise and hanging out with my guys without any of the work! Perfect! I’ll take that kind of gift over anything you can buy online or in a store. –K.W.
- Breakfast in bed, homemade cards and spa gift cards because they were made with love by my kids and I desperately needed the massage. –K.M.
- I took the letters of Mother and wrote out what my mom means to me beginning with each letter. Example: M – Memories. Mom you have created my lifetime memories. My fondest memory is you always being there when I had been hurt physically, emotionally or spiritually. You always had the right words of encouragement when I was down. This meant the world to my mom and she has kept it for years. –C.M.
- Something just made and not purchased. In time it will increase in cuteness, that was made by a kid of mine. Yes, just by them and their two little hands. -G.B. (my mother-in-law)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
Plan something special and unique for the moms you love, admire, and who make you smile.
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