Mother’s Day and The Best Gift Ever
Our family had a really special Mother’s Day despite Ashley having to work all day until late in the afternoon. After church and a few pictures, Brian, Brielle, and I took a picnic lunch to a nice park. We relaxed under a gazebo by a little pond and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon. Of course, we took more pictures and then headed home to wait for Ashley to get “home” from work. Brian grilled a fabulous dinner and we all spent the evening watching old home videos. We laughed, reminisced, and had a wonderful time together as a family.
What more could a mother want?
Yes, there were gifts that I truly loved. A handmade card from Brielle. A new glass birdbath and flowers from Brian. Painting supplies from Ashley. (Yes, I’ve been dying to spend more time painting, but she took all of our collective supplies!)
But, the best gift ever was simply time together.
Celebrations and Gifts I’ve Received
I’ve been the recipient of some pretty special gifts. Things that sparkle, keep me cozy, plug in, take me to far off places, and put me face-to-face with the stars.
But, the best gifts I ever received were gifts of time.
One special gift of time was when my two good friends, Martha and Bobbi, surprised me with video chatting during my book launch party. I cried when I saw them on the laptop Brian had set up for me in the bedroom. They were together in a state far away and just wanted share the moment with me and wish me well on my book. Sure, there were over 60 people in our home that day. But, it was the time those two friends took to coordinate their surprise that will always stand out as I remember that special day. Their gift of time video chatting with me on a special day was the nice thing anyone ever did for me.*
I mention Martha in my book countless times. She was Brielle’s occupational therapist from the time Brielle was eight months old until we moved away when she was in preschool. She had a tremendous impact on our lives through her therapy with Brielle and her friendship with me. I literally don’t know what kind of special needs mother I would have become if I hadn’t met her.
I mention Bobbi several times in my book, but particularly poignant was at a key moment in the telling of our story. I met Bobbi over mortgage papers when Brielle was an infant. Her startling words about having a disabled child just like Brielle shook me to the core. But, it was the way she came beside me with her friendship and generosity of compassion that truly changed me as well.
My pastor’s message in his sermon on Mother’s Day was simple, but powerful. Your presence is powerful. He was talking about a mother’s presence in her children’s lives, but this clearly applies to all relationships.
As you remember Mother’s Day and any celebration, surely the time you spent with others is more precious than the gifts your received. Keep that in mind the next time you’re thinking about what to buy someone for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or other holiday.
Maybe what they really want is more time with you!
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with precious memories! Special wishes to all of my fellow special needs moms on Mother’s Day!
* This is an edition of Memoir Mondays where I give you a peek into my memoir and a little something extra I didn’t share in my book.
*This is also an edition of Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF). The sentence prompt this week was: “The nicest thing anyone ever did for me…”
What was the nicest thing anyone ever did for YOU? And what was the nicest thing YOU have done for someone else?