This is personal. Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. Every year, for the past 15-years, I try to ignore all of the “Gift Ideas for Mom” commercialism. I avoid the card aisle at the grocery store, knowing there’s no reason for me to go there. Mother’s Day is a reminder that my mom is no longer with me. Even though I’ve been a mom for nearly 26-years myself, Mother’s Day has always been about MY mom, not about me.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m proud to be a mom to 2 amazing kids, step-mom to a high-school sophomore and mom-in-law to my son’s beautiful wife. But the memories of my mom, and how we celebrated Mother’s Day in her honor, will always stick with me…
- There were the attempts at bringing her breakfast in bed, which were way more fun for us kids than for her (we came to learn later). Imagine, all she wanted was a peaceful relaxing Sunday morning where she could sleep in a little late. But instead she got us 4 hoodlums in her face, jumping on her bed, watching her try to eat the breakfast we brought her. Inevitably something got spilled or she ended up with crumbs in her bed.
- There were also the gifts we thought she would really love, like the donut maker, the waffle iron and the ice cream machine. Do you see a trend here? I’m pretty sure these gifts had very little, if anything, to do with her. Come to think of it, I don’t recall a lot of homemade donuts, waffles or ice cream.
- One year I took my mom to an earring-making class. Together we learned to make ear wires and head pins and join jump rings with components to create earrings. It was incredibly fun! She went on to purchase her own pliers and cutters and made a ton of unique earrings for herself. And for me that was the beginning of my obsession with designing jewelry. That was a good day, and I have my mom to thank in part for inspiring my jewelry business.
Today, while I enjoy the day with my beautiful daughter and husband, my own mom will be in my thoughts. She was my best friend, my confidant, and my biggest fan. She was warm, funny, creative and open-minded. She was tiny (all of 4’11”) but had a huge personality. I miss her every day.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I will never forget that this day is for you.