Your Best Mother’s Day Story

With Mother’s Day behind us, we think it’s a good time to share stories from the day. Did you take you mother out somewhere nice, or do something special for her? Moms, how did your family treat you this year?

Tell us about your perfect Mother’s Day, from this weekend, or any Mother’s Day ever.

We’ll start:

For Mother’s Day I have tried to find fun ways to celebrate my mother over the years, including variations on the traditional fare. However as I get older I have a better sense of what my mother really wants: time. Time with her children and their families, time to do the things that bring her joy and time to relax! After raising two kids, several pets, mothering a million friends and falling in love with grandchildren, she deserves a little time to relax and smell the roses…or in her case the jalapeños.

This Mother’s Day I started a salsa garden for her, complete in little pots decorated with ribbon. I wanted to give her something that would combine two activities that she loves, cooking and gardening. In a few weeks she will start to see small sprouts come up through the dirt and once planted in her backyard she will get to stand back and look at the mature plants. Then in a few months she will pick the fruit, bring it to her kitchen, and make the most amazing salsa, knowing the whole while that we grew them together.

29 thoughts on “Your Best Mother’s Day Story”

  1. I thought haveing a college graduation on Mother’s Day was terribly inconvenient. When I looked up in the audience as I walked up to receive my Masters Degree, I realized what a gift it was to my mother and daughter. Their eyes were shining with pride and which I felt to the bottom of my heart.

  2. In upstate New York, Mother’s Day 2011 had been preceded by several weeks of heavy rain and snow-melt. Although my mother’s house wasn’t near any river, the soil around her house was very saturated. On Mother’s Day, my mom went in the basement to find two inches of ground water around her furnace, hot water tank, and storage shelves. Apparently, her sump pump decided that it had had enough, and burned out during the evening.

  3. We took mom to Napa, which she’d never been to before. We got food at Whole Foods and went to a park for a very nice picnic. Afterward, we went to Castello di Amoroso, which I highly recommend. It was a very memorable Mothers’ Day.

  4. Last year, our older daughter held a mother’s-day event at her house. So this year, our younger daughter had the honors. My wife and I, our two daughters, their husbands, and their kids (10 in all) gathered at Sarah’s small house in Seattle. As usual, chaos prevailed with the four kids running all over the house.

    My wife and I really enjoyed the event, in large part because we love to watch the younger generations interact with each other. Our daughters are very good friends with each other, good friends with their husbands and with their brothers-in-law, and the two young men are good friends with each other. The four grandchildren also get along well together.

    A boring, but wonderful story.

  5. We had a mother’s day brunch for all the moms in my family. That way, we got to be with my mom and our kids all at the same time. And the kids could play with their cousins, whom they adore!

    I think on mother’s day it’s important to honor godmother’s and ‘aunitie’s’ too. I make sure to always send my sister a mother’s day card, since she is my daughter’s godmother. 🙂

  6. This was a very memorable Mother’s Day for me. I spent the day relaxing & enjoying the sunshine while my family cooked dinner for me. It was so much better than going to a restaurant, & the pampering was great.

  7. On this past mother’s day I was feeling a little like I hadn’t done enough for my mom. I gave her a call and said I wish I could do more, since we are across the country from each other. She said she got a call from me and my brother and that was good enough for her. Made me think more about what I can do next year.

  8. My Mother’s Day was very simple this year because my mom, who is 82, was not able to go out to celebrate. So we brought the celebration to her. Saturday evening, my sister Lori prepared her famous stuffed shells dinner & chocolate chip cookies for dinner. Our brother Mark & his family joined us for a walk down memory lane with Mom. Then, Lori & I made an ice cream run to our favorite ice cream place and brought Mom back her favorite milk shake. (OK, we had ice cream, too!) Sunday morning, my husband Wayne fixed both Mom and me a pancakes and sausage breakfast. Later, we took Mom for a ride through the country, which she enjoyed very much. Throughout the day, my three kids (all in college!) called to wish me a happy Mother’s Day. And that night, Wayne took me out to dinner for our own little celebration.

  9. I too am in Washington State, eastern side. We had a wonderful mother’s day. My wife is amazing for going to a kid movie with my son and I on her day!

  10. My five-year-old, grin wide as her porcelain face, hands me a bag: a handprint in paint on a kitchen towel, a laminated placemat of her artwork and dozens of hand-drawn notes with backwards Ls and lots of hearts. As I reflect on the gifts my kids gave me this year, I can’t help but make the association between the literal and the proverbial gifts we moms receive every day. Motherhood itself is a gift you unwrap every day, not knowing what you’ll get.

    This Mother’s Day started with handmade presents and ended with a hard conversation with my pre-teen about the painful social structures of middle school. I didn’t expect that conversation on that day, but as my kids grow older, I am increasingly aware of the fact that the “easy stuff” is behind us. When the day is done, the worrying about potty training or getting vegetables into our kids’ meals doesn’t compare to the relationships we build as we muddle through parenting, as we try to get our kids through the bumps and bruises of childhood into adulthood.

    Of all the gifts I unwrapped Sunday, the best was talking with my kids, the slow and careful building of relationship. Having these children to love and guide is the gift for which I am most grateful this Mother’s Day, even when I open that gift and have no idea what’s beneath the paper.

  11. When you have four children and five grand children Mother’s Day is a special event. We had all the babies and all, but one of our kids home this year. All that made for a glorious day. I must say, my wife is an excellent mom/granny.

    However, a scandal nearly broke out when the two youngest grand daughters decided they wanted to get into the little pool we placed on the front deck. Not wanting to bother with their bathing suits, they just stripped off their clothes and jumped in the 10″ wadding pool. No, I do not have photos, but that would have made for a nice blackmail photo or wedding reception photo someday! 🙂 … RG

  12. OK, this isn’t a heartwarming story, but so be it.

    My wife, during a visit to my hometown–where my mom still lives–she noticed there was a spa which offered, among other things, hot-stone massages. When Mother’s Day was on the horizon, she suggested that we get my mom a gift certificate for a hot-stone massage. It was a bit out of the usual, but what the heck.

    Sometime after Mother’s Day, not having heard anything from mom about the massage, I asked her about it.

    “Well, I asked them what a hot-stone massage entailed and decided it wasn’t something I wanted to experience. So I had them cut my hair instead.”

    “That’s fine. I’m glad you could make use of the gift certificate, even if not for a massage. So how’d you like the way they cut your hair?”

    “Ummm… they did a pretty lousy job actually.”

    Oh well…

  13. This year my daughter in college, a junior, wanted to come home and celebrate Mother’s Day. Unfortunately I’m in graduate school and my most difficult exam was the next day. She received the news graciously and took me out the day after my exam. It was wonderful. For my mother, who is turning 98 this year, I am preparing all her pictures, slides, and negatives ready to send to ScanCafe. In those pictures are the pictures from the first of our relatives to come over from Scotland. They lived in a one room shack in Nebraska.

  14. My mother has been gone sine 1985 but memories still linger. One of the best was taking her to brunch with one of her oldest friends and her daughter who were visiting from out of town. Special time with special people. Both of them gone now.

  15. We all went to my mothers house and had lunch and dinner with her. We brought her back textiles from Oaxaca which she loved, and a great sunny spring day in Boston with her. We had taken photos from our trip so we made a slideshow to show her where the textiles were made and the looms they were woven on. She loved it. A nice, relaxing mothers day.

  16. Our most exciting Mother’s Day involved a trip to a baseball game. We never even got to see the game but were treated to a most amazing thunderstorm. Probably not the idea most have of a perfect Mother’s Day, but we all remember it 20 years later.

  17. Mother’s Day has been a sad day for me ever since my mom died of leukemia in 1992. On top of that, I don’t have any children of my own; so, the day holds some emptiness.

    But, I have a wonderful, wonderful stepson who came into my life when he was 16…back in 1990. He is 37 years old now, married to an equally wonderful girl.

    This year he wrote me the following in his yearly Mother’s Day card:

    “Thanks for being the World’s Best Step-Mom. Moms are always so good behind the scenes…smoothing things out, looking out for everyone, making things better, bringing everyone together. Yep, moms are good. Good moms are great. I’m lucky.”

    I’m lucky, too, my dearest Travis. I’m a lucky mom after all.

  18. Everyday is great with my son. But this past mother’s day I realized just how special our bond was when he made a macaroni picture of me. My hair was linguini, my eyes were shells, and my mouth was a piece of rotini. He gave it to me and said “Mama, you are so delicious!” I was nearly moved to tears. This is a keepsake that I will treasure forever.

  19. We took Mom to the Kentucky Derby. It was our first time in Kentucky and we all had a great one. Too bad the kids couldn’t join. Oh well, next time.

  20. This Mother’s Day, my wife and I, together with her entire family (mother included) had a huge banquet in Chinatown. The banquet was meant to honor the 60th birthday of my mother-in-law’s older sister, but it also served as a mother’s day celebration for the many mothers in her family. It was a 6 course meal, and took the better part of the afternoon. Nobody could eat for a week.

  21. My wife (a relatively new mother) and I went to a botanical garden near the city in which we live – we lucked out with the weather, and our daughter had a great time exploring numerous different types of indoor and outdoor plants!

  22. My Mom and Mom in law were here for our first born son’s first communion. It was nice to have 3 Mom’s around for Mother’s day. They will all love the video transfer service once they see the results!

  23. This mother’s day was nothing special for us. – it was great as always 🙂 Our whole family got together and we shared good time, food, laughs, stories. It was a nice warm spring day that complimented the spirit of the day.

  24. I bought my mother a pair of Crocs in her favorite color, so she can be comfortable cooking, one of her favorite activities, at which she excels. In the old days I used to gather blue flowers for her and pink for my grandmother, but the yard isn’t as floral as it used to be, and I’ve moved away. Amazing to think how many semi-wild flowers used to fall readily to hand.

  25. This year my mother was in France for Mother’s Day. I sent her an e-card but have a very special gift that I got her in Krakow waiting to send when she gets back. I’m really excited to share it with her.

  26. The most memorable mother’s day was 1986. The prior summer I bought a day sailer, and felt that I had mastered it. It was a beautiful day, the air was warm (the water wasn’t) but I told mom — we won’t get wet. Famous last words. She reluctantly agreed. The wind picked up and I was about to turn — and I told her, “hold on it may jerk when the wind catches”. I didn’t hardly have it out of my mouth when the wind caught, the boat blew over and we were both launched into the cold lake. My first thought was get her to hang on to the boat, my second thought was “she is going to kill me”. She came up laughing, and when we got back to dry land we commemorated the event with a picture of us drenched. It’s still a favorite image.

  27. My 87 year old mother lives in an independent care facility where she is happy and has friends, but she has become withdrawn from the lives of her kids. During a recent visit, we happened to pull out an old school yearbook. Suddenly she lit up with old memories of those times, places, and events. I’m on a mission now to get all of Dad’s old slides scanned so we can easily stimulate these fun memory lane visits.

  28. My mum is in England, while I now live in Canada. Fortunately for me, her birthday is very close to Mother’s Day, so every year I make the trip back to England, and can see her for both days. Our tradition is going out for a big Indian meal – it may seem strange for an English tradition, but in England it is not!

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