Today is my daughter’s 1st birthday, so we threw her a party over the weekend. It was a big bundle-of-fun Elmo-fest at our house.
She immediately embraced the walking toys. It’s just a symbol of how quickly our kids grow up and separate from us. As my Uncle Mike says, you spend the first year of their life teaching them to walk and talk and the next twenty telling them to sit down and shut up.
My own mother passed on a little over seven years ago, so this first Mother’s Day, when she was unable to see the granddaughter who is named after her, was bittersweet. I woke up yesterday thinking of what I would do for my mom if she was here.
- Take a picture with all three of us.
Pictures with multiple generations are so very precious. My mother died fairly young and I had my baby in my early forties. There’s a real chance that I’ll never have more than a two generation picture with my daughter and, though I’m grateful every day for her, I mourn that they won’t build a lifetime in pictures together. I have a friend with a five generation picture of the women in her family; to me those photos are more precious than diamonds. I encourage you to scan your family images, and back them up (I’ve provided a link on this in the mash-up below). You’ll be glad you did.
- Bake, anything at all.My love of baking comes from my mother and I hope to share it with my daughter someday soon. There are family recipes that only I know how to make. Since I only get this one child, if she hates the kitchen I’m going to have to enlist my brother’s children to pass on the secret of Grandmother’s Almond Roca.
- Walk in the garden.
I’d give just about anything to stroll in the yard with my mother and my baby, planning the yard and smelling the flowers. Now that I own my own home, my mother’s love of gardening seems to be wakening in me.
- Visit the ocean.
I woke up yesterday thinking of the beach, of walking with my mother and watching the waves lap against the shore. I live near the Pacific Ocean, so I have the ability combining this experience with a meal. But the real magic would be holding my mother’s hand while absorbing the peaceful sound of the waves.
Below is a conglomeration of links that that remind me of my mother, and of being a mom myself:
- History of motherhood – great summary of the holiday’s origins, plus here’s a great book on Preserving Your Family Photos.
- This beautiful blog by Danielle Meitiv combines three passions I shared with my mother – the ocean, gardening and writing (the links are great!). Another blogging pal of mine, Jen Greyson, wrote an amazing blog on When To Plant for the garden.
- My mom would have liked John Smith’s blog on Oneness and, as a life-long reader and lover of television, she’d have been waiting avidly for Tiffany White’s Tele-Tuesday blogs each week.
- Baby Girl’s favorite video is Sesame Street’s Kid’s Favorite Country Songs. It’s all Elmo, all the time right now at our house so we’re learning to embrace the three-year-old red monster.
- Maxine Cartoons – my mom was the QUEEN of one-liners and our family trades Maxine cartoons each year on her birthday.
I hope all you mothers out there had a great day yesterday. If your mother walks this earth, I encourage you give her a great big hug every day. If your mom has moved on or is not a part of your life, maybe you can write a letter like this that paints a vivid picture of her in your mind.
What did you do for Mother’s Day, either with your mother, your wife or your child? Do you have any favorite Mother’s Day memories that stand out?
Last but not least, please remember that I love hearing from you! To show that love, I launched the Let’s Meet Up (for Training) contest this month. Between now and May 17th, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. Everyone who does not win a spot in the May webinar will be entered in the June webinar. Same thing for July. There are forty-five spots for the taking and I want to see one of them go to everyone who wants one!
See you tomorrow for Techie Tuesday!