Mother's Day is not my favorite holiday. Those unrealistic cards of great emoting about how amazing and loving and perfect your mother is every second of the day drive me nuts. Pretty sure I was taken off the BFF list when I took my son's iPod away the other day. After we got married and dealt with infertility, Mother's Day took on a whole new level of pain. I think of all those people who have recently lost their mom or so many other life situations, it really becomes one of the most painful days for some and I'd love to just take it off the calendar.
Through this dislike, I've come to appreciate people putting thought into the holiday to really celebrate someone they love rather than just phoning it in. My husband was listening to the radio one year and heard of a unique way for our kids to celebrate the day. He bought a pitcher and had the kids draw memories of the year. They put them in the vase and that was my gift. So simple, didn't cost much, and I love it so much. For many years, he gathered the kids at the table and they drew or wrote or make a few pictures that capture that year. It's the best present ever all because my husband took a few minutes to think about what would be special to me.