A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”
Italian film actress and mother -Sophia Loren.
Whoever she is, your mother will be an extraordinary woman, who daily managed not only her own life but those of her family. Mum was always able to multi-skill, long before the term became known, in that she could be preparing the family evening meal, cutting everyone’s lunches for the following day, running a load of dirty school clothes through the wash, as she supervised the children’s homework from school. Running a household, often with the budget constraints caused by hungry, growing children, is not a simple task, even in 2014 but mothers cope.
Imagine how mothers managed during the Great Depression, or during either of the World Wars of last century, when there were shortages of almost everything. My mother, a young WWII service wife told of having to sew her own underwear, using buttons to hold both upper and lower garments together because of a world shortage of elastic!
Not only did mothers keep all family members fed, washed, clothed and bedded each night, but in most homes, mothers have also had an unspoken set of manners that were to be taught (gently but firmly) and passed on to each child. What values and social customs did your mother instil into you and your siblings?
This year, for Mother’s Day, why not try one of my unique gift ideas instead of slippers or a box of chocolates?
- Give Mum a Memory Jar, filled with paper slips of questions you have always wanted to ask her and a pretty notebook for her to write down her answers. Repeat it again next year.....
- Make a collection of all of those humorous emails she has sent and put them into a collage or a notebook for her.
- Why not mount a piece of old unused piece of jewellery into a recessed picture frame for her to hang on the wall as an object d’art? Ensure that the details of the piece are printed on the back.
- If possible, drive Mum back to a memorable place from her childhood (first home, first school, the local hall where she attended her first dance) and gently coax her to talk about the memories associated with the place. Write down the answers, take some photos and try to locate photos of how Mum remembered the special place.