It's almost May which means Mother's Day is coming soon. For most moms, Mother's day can be fun. When you have younger children, school teachers often assist students with making gifts that don't cost anything. Some of my favorite "school made" gifts include drawings, paper flowers, a ceramic ring holder, picture frame and the lovely plaque pictured on the left. This Mother's Day gift was made by my daughter Addy at school when she could barely etch her name on the back to distinguish hers from all the other ones made by her classmates. I have learned over the years that its not the gift that matters, is the love that the giver is trying to express. I tried to encourage my children to be thoughtful rather than trying to spend the little bit of money they had. Now that they are older and can afford store-bought gifts, it's still the choice of the card that warms my heart, not how much they spend on the gift. Since I know they will ask what I want for Mother's Day, I always keep some ideas in mind to suggest, because they want to make sure they get something l want.
Don't get me wrong, nice gifts are wonderful, because the older I get the more I try to do as much as I can for my own Mother, since she sacrificed so much for me and my siblings when we were growing up. She often went without buying something for herself because she had to buy clothing and other things that we needed. I am grateful to her for what she did for us, so I now want to be a blessing to her.
So as Mother's day is approaching, think about some of keepsake gifts you have collected over the years from your children. What has been some of your memorable gifts or activities? Please leave a comment.
Are you living your dream? Do you remember what your dream is? My husband and I were sitting in a restaurant in Oklahoma the other night trying to find something on the menu that worked for our fast, when we were approached by a nice lady. The restaurant was featuring a local jazz singer and our table visitor wanted to hear the singer from our side of the room. We engaged in a conversation with her and shared that we live in the Kansas City area, but I was borned a raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She was excited to hear that I had graduated from "world famous" Booker T. Washington High School and informed me that the singer had attended the same high school, but was about five years younger than me. She left our table and mentioned to the performer our commonalities. She waved and we waved back. Later on during a break, the singer came over to introduce herself indicating her brother grraduated in my class. I immediately knew the family and inquired how the brother was doing. Then I remembered that their mother had been my favorite literary/english teacher.
My mind went back to high school where Mrs. Ungerman had read my first short story entitled "My Fishing Trip", later retitled "Falling in the Water," and strongly encouraged me to think about writing someday. Now I remember, she was the first one to plant the seed in me to become a writer someday. This dream has remained tucked deep in my heart since she first inspired me. I then wanted to share the news with Mrs. Ungerman that I had published my first book, only to learn that she passed away several years ago. I was saddened that I could not thank her personally for inspiring me.
Who has planted the seeds for your dream? Whether or not you have achieved your dream, take the time to thank those who have encouraged and inspired you to be the best you can be. It may be a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a minister, church member, a classmate, a friend or a step-parent. Whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to share with your dream planters how they have made a difference in your life. Do it today!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach