Last weekend was Mother’s Day. It’s funny how serving mom breakfast in bed is a tradition for so many and is always seen as such a treat. Most of the moms I know have to force themselves to stay in bed, or they get up and then go back to bed to enjoy their special breakfast. What strikes me the most is the sense of pride that the kids have when they walk in to deliver the tray. It doesn’t really matter what food it is that they prepared, but the look of anticipation on their faces tells the whole story. They are excited to have done something for you, something they believe is going make you happy. It’s easy to gloss over. It’s easy to miss the underlying intention of such a simple, but heart-felt gesture.
Another Mother’s Day tradition, especially for those of you with school age kids, are homemade gifts. From the moment he got home on Friday, my son wanted to give me the gift he had made for me. Being the traditionalist that I am, I convinced him that I was ok with waiting until Sunday to open it. I could tell that he was very excited as he reminded me of the gift throughout the day on Saturday. The time finally came and on the breakfast tray was a hand decorated white bag. Within the bag was a cut out of a purse which contained a variety of coupons. “Mom, do you want to use one of your coupons?” he asked. Of course I had received coupons like these many times before, but in that moment I truly appreciated how important these were to him. They were the only gift he could create one hundred percent on his own - he was giving me all that he had to give. I was struck by the pure innocence of the intention.
Simple gifts from the heart, that’s all we really ever need, right?
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