With Mother’s Day coming up, I asked my wife, Cathe, if she would share her thoughts about this day in which we celebrate our mothers. I hope you’re blessed by it.
What Mothers Really WantBy Cathe Laurie
What I want for Mother’s Day isn’t much. In my opinion, the flowers fade, the perfume evaporates into the air, that new dress eventually ends up on a rack at the Salvation Army store, and you may miss out on what moms actually want.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking the day has been hijacked by card companies, florists, and restaurants. But don’t let them pressure you into spending more than you can afford on a superficial trinket.
Here are three gifts that I think will not be forgotten:
1. A card with a handwritten note
Not a cheesy rhyme on a pre-written card. Rather, a card (handmade ones are the best) that says something specific and personal about why you are thankful for your mom.
One of my favorite cards I ever received was from my youngest son, Jonathan. Christopher, older by 11 years and very artistic, gave me some amazing cards over the years. His cards would feature clever images and designs that were uniquely his own, and I loved and treasure every one.
But one Mother’s Day, when Jonathan was just a little boy, I opened a card that melted my heart and it still does every time I look at it. In big wobbly block letters, he printed:
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM.
I KNOW MY CARD ISN’T AS GOOD AS TOPHER’S, BUT I TRIED JUST AS HARD.
I LOVE YOU, JONATHAN.
2. A long hug
I mean it. A long hug. Let us be the one to let go first! I want to feel your heart on mine.
My mother is a great hugger and kisser. She never entered the room without greeting us with a big hug and kiss that felt as if she were trying to inhale part of us into her.
I love hugs like that. Both of our boys are great huggers and it is one of my greatest joys this side of heaven.
3. Verbalize your love
Look her in the eyes, let them linger a moment, then smile and say, “I love you. Thank you for being my mom.”
These are some thoughts that I hope you will find helpful as you think about the perfect gift for your mothers.
And finally, some advice for moms on Mother’s Day:
If you get a Mother’s Day card from your child, I encourage you to cherish it. Save it and keep it safe where you can find it later—years later—to read. They will especially come in handy during those teen years, when you may love them but frankly you find there is more friction than when they are younger.
In a lifetime of mothering, you may end up with a box full of cards, but nothing is a greater validation of what you have accomplished with your life.
If you get a hug, wrap your arms around them and don’t let go until they do, and then hold them a bit longer. And if you don’t get a hug from them, hug them anyway.
I remember hugging my teenage Topher and saying, “I know you may not like me very much right now, but I will never stop loving you!” Years later, he thanked me for those very words and hugs.
If you can hear their voice say, “I love you,” listen with your heart and let it sink in.
So can I, on behalf of all the mothers out there, tell all of you that it is the greatest privilege in the world to be a mom? We may sigh and groan and cry at times, but nothing—no high-paying job or celebrated career—can ever pay what we receive in the long run.
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Happy Mother’s Day!
P.S. – If you would like to download a special resource card called “31 Ways to Say I Love You to Your Kids,” click here.