I’m not one to celebrate many of the Hallmark holidays, but celebrating your parents on Mother’s Day (and in June, Father’s Day) is something I greatly enjoy. Ideally, we should commemorate our parents everyday, giving thanks for all the blessings we have received and lessons they have taught us, but the appointed Hallmark holiday gives us the much needed opportunity to slow down our hectic lives and honor those most cherished and loyal.
Since my parents both constantly travel, living mostly on Airbuses and 747’s (and a small but GLORIOUS archipelago in the other corner of the globe), I am hardly able to spend time with them on their Hallmark holiday. And for Mother’s Day this year, it is no exception.
In years past, I’ve resorted to sending packages galore: flowers, chocolate and bottles of wine. But this year, I wanted to do something different. (Oh boy Mom, I hope you’re not reading this!!! But being my #1 fan, I know you are…)
What do I do to show my Mom, who is –no matter the distance – omnipresent (but of course Mom, never ever overbearing!!), incessantly supportive, perpetually loving and thoughtful, always positive and strong, constantly affectionate and inspiring, forever youthful…? How can I give her anything at all comparable to what she has given and taught me?
My thought: the written word with a bit of flair. So easy and simple!
For someone like me who is best expressive with the written word and the flick of a paintbrush, I want to send my mom something very personal and thoughtful... But something that could be sent easily in the mail.
I drew my mom a picture of her favorite flower – the Dancing Lady orchid. I haven’t drawn for her in a while and I know that she would really appreciate and love a small thoughtful token that she can frame on put on her desk, her nightstand or her vanity table. Of course, I included a handwritten (not Hallmark-bought) card with a picture of the both us on our most recent mother-daughter excursion to Angkor Wat.
Many times, the most simple gestures are the most meaningful… And I hope, this shows how much I love and care for my mom - without her, I wouldn’t be the creative, domestic and independent woman I am today!