by Susan Hamersky, California Concierge LLC
What’s the best gift for Mothers Day?
As a mom, I believe the best gift doesn’t come in a box from a store. The best Mothers Day gift is wrapped up in one word: Time.
When our kids were young, my husband took charge of everything at home for the day. From waking up to going to bed, there was nothing that I had to do; no responsibilities for anyone but myself. It was a dream come true! He did everything that normally I would do to take care of the children and keep the home running smoothly. And he still had time for fun!
The first time he did this, I felt the need to keep checking on things. Surely, he might not be doing as good a job as I would!
But, at the end of the day, I was surprised to find that the household hadn’t fallen apart. And the children had survived! (Quite well, I might add!)
The next year, I relaxed and enjoyed the day completely without a second thought. And it became a tradition I looked forward to.
The gift my husband gave was not limited to me. By giving me the gift of Time, he also gave his time to the children. They loved it. And they, as they got older, also loved helping him do things for me. It was a dad-and-kids day that provided shared enjoyment for them and also taught the kids the importance and value of giving of yourself through your time and service to help another.
Now, as a mom of adult “kids,” I still love the gift of Time. But a different kind of Time. Not the kind of time that allows me to “escape.”
These days, I still don’t want to “waste” time on mere household routines. But I cherish the gift of Time that allows me to have everyone together. Eating, talking, laughing, playing games, doing whatever as long as we’re together.
So, no matter which age and stage mothers are in, they’ll appreciate the gift of Time. Down-time to have all to herself. Or gather ’round time.
Either way, it’s really the giving of yourself that means so much to a mom.
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