In little more than a week it will be Mother’s Day – that special day when moms get breakfast in bed (without spring cleaning the kitchen afterwards), are treated like royalty and generally reminded of how very special they are. Our celebration to recognise the magic of mothers actually began 113 years ago. It was in 1905 that a woman named Anna Jarvis began campaigning for a Mother’s Day to celebrate her mother’s immeasurable contribution to both her own life and, as a peace activist, to the lives of hundreds of wounded soldiers she tended on both sides of the American Civil War. Despite being dismissed on all fronts, Anna held the first Mother’s Day in 1908 in memory of her mother who had passed that year. She fought tirelessly to have the day declared a holiday, and finally in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation declaring the 2nd Sunday in May officially Mother’s Day – a day dedicated to ‘the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world’.
Of course, Hallmark took over shortly after that and Mother’s Day became more of a commercial venture than was ever Anna’s intent, but that’s a story for another time. The important thing is that we honour our mothers on this special day, and if you’re struggling for ideas on what to give her, then we have a few suggestions.
If your mom’s a gardener or into nature, then you can’t go wrong with a potted plant or shrub of some kind – something that she can eventually plant in her garden as a memento of your love and appreciation. Also a great idea is a bird feeder or bird house that will attract more wild life into her backyard.
If she’s a mom that’s always on the go, juggling a million things at once with never any ‘me’ time, then you’d do well to spoil her with a massage or facial; or buy her some time by freeing up a few of the hours she would typically spend on hygiene cleaning – QClean are adept at doing a thorough deep clean that will leave her home hygienically fresh and sparklingly clean, which is one less thing for her to worry about.
However you choose to honour your mom on the 2nd Sunday in May, whatever the gesture, just remember these wise words from Rudyard Kipling ‘God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.’