As we get into this Mother’s Day week, I think how of how special all my plants that have been given to me are. Each one makes me think of the person who gave it to me when I see it. I associate bloom times with events that happened.
It’s kind of like that “song” you had with your high school sweetie and you can’t help but be taken back when it comes on. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Moms are the best. Although, I will say, having a nurse as a mother completely ruined my own capabilities of taking care of myself when I don’t feel well. I fully expect hot broth to be delivered to my bed side, gentle words spoken over me, a cool washcloth for my forehead, and probably a good back scratch to go with it. My mom is awesome. Thanks to her example, I know how to take care of someone.
What better way to show mom how much you love her than by planting a plant for her? Do your research. Make sure you don’t plant a shade plant in the sun or vice versa. You want to at least TRY to keep the thing alive. Roses are a great Mother’s Day gift because they are blooming now. There are so many low maintenance varieties these days and every year when it blooms, your mom will think of you and remember how special she felt that you took the time to plant one for her.
If Roses stress you out or feel like too much work, think about some succulents! They are so cool and different. You can find some interesting textures and colors, stick them in a cute container, cover the exposed soil with moss, and you’ve got a very inexpensive special gift!
Regardless of the gift, the important thing is that you take the time to make all the moms in your life feel special. I’m fortunate enough to have a mom who has spent the past 31 years instilling a love for learning, nature, and people in me. She has guided me through parenting my own children and molded me into who I am today. I have a mother-in-law who has loved me like a daughter for the past 11 years. She has been by my side with unwavering love and support whenever I need it.
AND, I have my step-son’s mom, Leslie, who has been there to share in this amazing journey of raising our kids together. I will never forget being 20 years old, only married for three months, trying to get through college, and then learning I was pregnant. Leslie was the first person to receive the news and respond with “Congratulations!” It was in that moment that I knew I could get excited about being a mom. The fear and anxiety are part of it, but God was going to work it out.