I was talking recently with the mother of young children, recalling the completely delicious feeling of a hug and kiss from your tot. As my kids become teens, there's are different things they do that give me that same feeling such as make a mature decision or have a grown up conversation with me. What us moms appreciate is our kids' behavior -- what they do, not what they buy us.
Once again, Ana Veciana-Suarez writes in her recent column what I am thinking when she expresses her desires what she wants on Mother's Day. Ana says a single solitary day isn't enough payback from her kids for shat she considers the maddening, humbling experience called parenting.
She wants her kids to be honest and good, conscientious and compassionate. Hardworking would be a plus, along with a love of God, appreciation for family and generosity of spirit. In good times, she wants to hear her kids count their blessings and share their bounty. During difficult times, she wants them to display their mettle, grace and resiliency.
My favorite part of Ana's column is this graph:
"So come Mother's Day, forget the flowers. Drain the mimosa. And, for Pete's Sake, don't bother with a schmaltzy card that you rushed to buy on your way over. Live as I raised you. In this way, you honor me every day."
Well said, Ana.
What kind of gift do you want for Mother's Day? Has that changed as you've aged?