‘You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The Little feet along the floor.’
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Good afternoon friends! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! And HAPPY (belated) MOTHER’S DAY!
It was my husband’s weekend off so we had a long weekend full of fun! On Friday, I was honored to attend a Mother’s Day manners luncheon with my oldest son! He’s really been learning about and practicing his manners. He even made his own manners book!
We both dressed in our best and enjoyed ourselves immensely! The meal was absolutely delicious and ideal for Mother’s Day!
And we sure brushed up on our table manners!
Saturday was mom’s choice, so we attended the 44th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum.
We try to go every year and it’s always a great experience! The boys enjoy the lawn games: including sack races, stilts, bean bag games, hoops, and more! There’s also a floral procession and a maypole (my favorite).
We were able to learn more about beekeeping too. (We just finished reading Hummy and the Wax Castle.)
And I even picked up an exquisite ‘Queen Bee’ candle and some cinnamon creamed honey from the local beekeepers.
There were a variety of arts and crafts demonstrations on display. The boys learned how to make rope and got to make their very own to take home with them! And this nice lady showed the boys how to make leaf rubbings.
There was live music on hand as well, with singers and musicians performing all about the grounds!
(I posted a video of these beautiful ladies performing on my Instagram, if you’d like to check it out! They are gifted!)
And now on to Mother’s Day itself. But first, a little history…
We have the splendid Anne Jarvis to thank for organizing this holiday, a time set apart to honor our dear mothers. Ms. Jarvis organized a memorial service in loving memory of her own mother, shortly after her passing, in what could be considered the first Mother’s Day. However, Mother’s Day didn’t officially become a holiday until 1914, after nearly a decade of campaigning. As a mother, I’m so grateful to this incredible woman and her dedication. Her years of hard work finally led to the establishment of Mother’s Day as a nationally recognized holiday!
Mother’s Day is a day for honor and joy. But it can occasionally stir less pleasant feelings for some moms. Please do not regret or despair if this is you! Yes, we lovingly recall the births of our children and the general wonderfulness that goes alone with becoming a mother for the first time. Some mamas, however, may feel as though their work goes unappreciated and unnoticed.
Dear moms, we must remember that what we do is indeed appreciated, even if family members aren’t always as forthcoming with the day to day affirmations as we’d like. Mothering is after all the most important work! As C.S. Lewis so aptly reminds us, raising children is the job ‘for which all others exist’. What you are doing is essential and of the utmost importance. Keep up the good work! And please relax and take delight in the fact that there’s a whole day dedicated to reminding us how appreciated we really are!
Unless you prefer to be surprised, I have found it can be helpful to let your family know in advance how you’d prefer to celebrate mother’s day. For example, one mother may prefer a low key day spent at home with breakfast in bed, while another mom may seek to lunch out and go on an excursion. As your family members are unable to read your mind, ha, this will help to prevent any misunderstandings or hurt feelings.
My personal formula for a memorable Mother’s Day includes:
–A Special Breakfast: I adore breakfast in bed but don’t often have the luxury. My sweetheart tries to make sure this happens on Mother’s Day! My favorite breakfast is eggs benedict and my husband, being a culinary genius, was able to pull it off again this year!
–Flowers: These need not be expensive. In fact, handpicked wildflowers are a simple luxury in my book! While, flowers from your local grocer are just as wonderful! This year my sweet boys brought me calla lilies!
–And a Handmade Card/Gift: I prefer handmade cards and gifts without a doubt! There is nothing in the world sweeter than being presented with a handmade card and gift made by your own child! This year my oldest son, Max, created a book about us. He also drew and framed a self-portrait of himself.
Needless to say, I was beyond touched and a bit teary eyed upon receiving these thoughtful homemade gifts!
Well, that sums up our Mother’s Day weekend!
It really was full of memories that I’ll always keep close to my heart!
How was your Mother’s Day weekend?
Do you have a formula for a meaningful Mother’s Day or do you prefer to be surprised?
Lots of love & thanks for reading!
P.S. As a treat, I’m leaving you with one of my favorite passages from Peter Pan! It’s about our babies, the ones who made us mothers! It always warms my heart!
‘When the first baby laughed for the first time,
the laugh broke into a thousand pieces
and they all went skipping about,
and that was the beginning of fairies.’
-J. M. Barrie