A Mothers Love
A Mother’s love is something no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy or take that love away
It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters even when the heart is breaking
It believes beyond believing
When the world around condemns,
And it grows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation;
A many splendid miracle that man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
Of a Mother’s guiding hand.
Unarguably, Mothers are quite special, as this poem emphasizes. I’ve been truly blessed with a wonderful Mom and Mother-in-law – God rest her soul – and thanks to my profession, I’ve gotten to know many Moms, all of whom deserve recognition on the 2nd Sunday of May.
Mother’s Day was established in 1914, under President Woodrow Wilson; in part thanks to “founder” Anna Jarvis, the self-proclaimed “Mother of Mother’s Day”. Although, history suggests she wasn’t the only one who honored Mothers in a special way, or for a distinct reason, that ultimately extended beyond American borders.
According to National Geographic, “Julia Ward Howe, better known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," promoted a Mothers’ Peace Day beginning in 1872. For Howe and other antiwar activists, including Anna Jarvis's mother, Mother's Day was a way to promote global unity after the horrors of the American Civil War and Europe’s Franco-Prussian War.
“’Howe called for women to gather once a year in parlors, churches, or social halls, to listen to sermons, present essays, sing hymns or pray if they wished—all in the name of promoting peace,’ said Katharine Antolini, an historian at West Virginia Wesleyan College and author of Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother's Day.”
Today, we celebrate the unconditional love and peace our Moms have brought to our lives by taking them to delicious brunches, buying bunches of beautiful flowers; choosing their favorite decadent candies; or selecting unique gifts especially for her. However, in the case of my Mom – and maybe yours, too – she’s told my siblings and me year after year, “I don’t need a thing. Just being your Mom is gift enough!” In as much as all of the material things are appreciated, we realize there is really no better gift we can give Mom than that of our time.
Distance presents challenges though, especially in Florida where many seniors choose to spend their retirement years. In cases where adult children live far away, I’ve discovered 9 fine gifts for senior Moms on Mother’s Day that are sure to warm her heart and soul when you don’t live nearby:
- Call Mom. You know she would love to hear from you and get an update of your life and the lives of her Grands. I don’t mean a “drive-by” check-in call, either. Mother’s Day. Mom brought you into this world, and she deserves a quantity of your time that is truly quality time.
- Send Mom Flowers. Flowers may seem cliché, but what woman doesn’t love receiving a lovely bouquet of her favorite flowers? Online services make it fast and easy, and if you act now, you won’t have to pay extra for shipping costs!
- Video-Chat with Mom. Skype, Facetime, and the variety of newfangled video-call devices are amazing to use when Mom is tech savvy. With options like these, Mom can feel like she’s virtually in the same room with you and your family!
- Send Mom a card. Homemade or store-bought cards with hand-written notes are some of the most popular items selected for Moms and Grandmas on Mother’s Day. Heartfelt sentiments are very special, because you took time away from your busy schedule that demonstrates you were thinking of them!
- Buy a gift card for Mom. A gift card to Mom’s favorite salon, restaurant or movie theater that arrives in her email or mailbox is always a welcome surprise, especially when Mom or Grams is on a fixed income.
- Find a unique gift for Mom. For the woman who has everything or wants nothing, choose a unique gift* from a collection of uncommon items your Mom probably doesn’t already own or even knows she wants!
- Hire some help for Mom. Hire a reputable landscaping company to handle her yard work; a handyman to make minor repairs or tackle chores Mom may struggle with; or an in-home caregiver for Mom who can provide companionship, prepare meals and perform light housekeeping tasks; encourage social engagement; and run errands, all while making sure Mom stays healthy and safe!
- Keep Mom Safe. Direct Link® Monitoring Service is the Home Helpers® provider of choice. It is an effective monitoring and medical alert system that serves as a secure solution for Mom’s safety, while providing you both with peace of mind.
- Bring Mom to you. If you have the means and she is able, buy her a round-trip plane ticket, train or bus fare to bring Mom to you for a visit! You can make it even more special by arranging for a car pick-up service to/from the airport, train station or bus depot.
These nine gift suggestions are simple ways you can make Mother’s Day special for your senior Mom when you can’t be there with her. If Home Helpers® can help with in-home care for Mom, we have a team of compassionate caregivers who provide companionship; prepare meals and perform light housekeeping tasks; encourage social engagement; and run errands, all while making sure Mom stays healthy and safe.
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Source: National Geographic