Mothers Think of Others First
Have you ever noticed what your mother does to honor and assist the people she loves? Does she offer to pick up dry cleaning or swing by the grocery store to help out her own mom, sister, or son? Does she willingly give of her time to baby-sit your kids or spend Saturday afternoons baking gourmet treats for friends, neighbors, and coworkers?
All of these endeavors are indicative of the efforts mothers make for the people they care most about. And if we're paying attention, we'll recognize that oftentimes the gifts our mothers give to others are what they would most love to receive themselves... gifts of time.
This year, pay tribute to your mother by giving her the most cherished gift of all -- a few hours of your time. Run errands for her, wash her car, and stop at the pharmacy to pick up her prescriptions. Or straighten up that closet in the upstairs bedroom that's driving her crazy. Better yet, tackle the weeds in her yard, then spruce it up with splashes of color. Can't you just imagine her delight when she catches a glimpse of the flowerbed you've filled with all her springtime favorites - pansies, petunias, and tiny pink carnations?
And consider your own pleasure when you're able to bask in the warmth of her appreciation -- all because you have adorned the back porch with pots of marigolds, daisies, and plenty of pansies. Or perhaps you'll go all-out this year and present Mom with a small backyard butterfly garden filled with lantana, butterfly brush, and tons of rosemary, lavender, and lily of the valley. Add finishing touches such as a birdbath and a feeder, and she'll be the envy of the neighborhood.
This is your opportunity to do something truly memorable for your mother. Let her know how much you love and appreciate her by giving her your most precious commodity...the gift of time.