On the second Sunday of May each year Australians celebrate Mother’s Day.
Traditionally this is a day to show your appreciation for your mum and/or the mother figures in your life. By appreciation we mean a day of extra special attention, breakfast, an outing, a gift or flowers.
If we’re honest, this should be done every day, not just once a year. Am I right fellow mums?
That aside, and with COVID-19 restrictions nationwide still placed on us, we will be limited where we can go and how many of us can attend.
But this doesn’t mean Mother’s Day should be less celebrated because of these restrictions. No. Definitely not. It’s just going to take a little more imagination how we celebrate within guidelines.
Mother – one person who does the work of 20. For free 😊
Ever heard of the expression ‘a mother’s work is never done’? I believe this to be true. It took for me to become a mother myself to appreciate this.
Take 2020 for example. Who would have predicted we’d be home-bound for so long? With school-age children spending more time at home than usual due to remote learning being common practice, or older children moving back home to save money, the home duties for mums has most certainly increased. Dads, we know you are a big help too but your day will come in September.
Celebrating with gifts online
We are spoilt for choice with so many shops and services available online to spoil mum.
Our very own Steve in Marketing searched for the ideal gift for his mum and chose an at home online Asian cooking course.
Mrs Trent will enjoy expert chef tuition online for 12 weeks to learn how to cook delicious Asian cuisine. She’ll learn knife skills as well as cooking methods and will receive recipes and access to a video library. This particular gift is available through Red Balloon but there are many providers offering experiences mum would adore.
Flowers are always welcome
In Australia, chrysanthemums are the traditional flowers used to celebrate Mother’s Day. These are widely available this time of year from florists and supermarkets in various colours including white, yellow, pink, orange, red and purple. You could surprise mum with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, just make sure she doesn’t have any allergies.
Keep it heartfelt
Another saying is ‘the best things in life are free’. Hugs, kisses, cups of coffee, random acts of kindness… all free. We can all do these despite the challenging times we are currently in.
Make a card, tell your mum how much you care. Thank her for all she has done and continues to do to give you the life you lead.
For our mums in aged care, Mother’s Day will most likely be in isolation. Never forgotten, these special mums may need to have their celebrations postponed until it is safe to visit. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a phone call to help make her day special.
But most of all, keep your mum safe and take good care of her, and your mother figures, this Mother’s Day. Actually not just on Sunday, but always.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mums out there.