This year we’re sending a card that Sam picked out,
and one of his drawings from school.
A photograph of him and his brother and a big smile.
It’s no longer a heavy heavy for me. Or him.
(When it stopped being about me, and what if I say the wrong thing, or not enough of something, or too much of another thing.)
It’s simply something we do with joy and ease in May: we send Tea a Mother’s Day card.
She is his first mother.
She will always be his first mother.
She will always be the person who Sam likes to thank for;
“carrying me in your tummy and having me, and loving me all that time,”
and “everyday still”.
She is the one who made me a mom too.
Who chose to believe in my own ability to do so, even when my own body couldn’t or didn’t.
I get less and less hung up on holidays of any sort.
This one has so many opportunities for me to make so many people genuinely happy that I can’t not.
I send my loving Mama a thing (this year a Snapfish notebook with her
favorite grandkids on it) that is useful and fun.
I pick a different super Mama’s in our lives each year to make a donation in their name to Unicef to help other Mamas be their best too.
And I love planning how to get other people to help my sons honor me with a thing, but that is worthy of another post soon.
I scan for coupons and deals so I can slip in a “Well look at this? Look what the Mother’s Day fairy sent me thing”. This year a beach chair that has straps for my back so I can carry all of their beach things too that will keep them happy while I sit on my old butt on my new chair. Did I mention the new suit that will fit when I have about five less pounds on all my things? The mother’s fairy was generous in a way.
I put up a new window bird feeder to help the new birdie mamas feed their babies. I even got it to stick.
For a list of socially conscious to all out frivolous gifts for all the moms on your list-I like this post on the topic from Rage Against the Minivan. Feel free to add links to your lists below.
How are you honoring your first mom? Their first mom? Other moms in your life this year?