Whereas both of these approaches - and anything in between - are certainly nice, they don't take advantage of an opportunity that Mother's Day cards present. And that's the opportunity to get creative with storytelling.
This year, I'm going to make an effort to identify at least one really good story about my mom and share it with her in writing. Maybe I'll get on a roll - and multiple stories will just pen themselves. Every decade of my life brings its own selection of remembrances - some humorous and some not-so-humorous. But through telling them, so much will be said that I've never managed to get across in my lengthy cards.
It doesn't take much. An extra sheet of stationary, a few quiet moments, and a reflective mind. And you just may produce her favorite Mother's Day gift yet!
Here are a few questions to help get the juices flowing:
- What is one of your earliest memories of time spent with your mom?
- Remember a time during childhood when you were watching your mother do something that she really enjoyed ... What was it, and how did you feel as you watched her?
- What attitude about life did you get from your mom?
- What childhood images come to mind when you think of your mother (a certain flower or scent, a special dress, a favorite dish, etc.)?
- When was a time that you remember being at odds with your mom, and how did that situation eventually resolve itself?
- What is one of the greatest lessons that your mother ever directly (or indirectly) taught you?