I already have my Mother's Day present this year.
I picked it out.
I have always loved "mother's rings" and have always wanted one, but didn't want to get one and have to add to it -- now that we are done having babies (yes, really), I have been looking at them.
The kids birthstones are garnet, amethyst and two opals or pink tourmaline. Hmmm. I don't really want to wear that much pink...
and do I add mine, peridot (which I love) and Mike's? That would be more pink.
* we are super busy in October!
Well, now I've realized I didn't really want a ring necessarily, but I do want something that represented our family.
So I have been looking at other things too, like necklaces. And I have always loved charm bracelets. I haven't been searching all that much, but I have been looking around for a year or so.
I really like the things they have at red envelope but haven't been able to decide on anything.
Then I found lisa leonard designs and I found what I wanted!
I have a charm for each of the kids and one with "mike & carol"
I am supper happy with it and have been wearing it every day! I have told them all not to get me anything else, but I know that will never happen, since I do LOVE getting all the cards they make for me!
I tend to get really spoiled on Mother's Day.
Last year I got my Kindle and my father-in-law took me to see
Mother's Day was such an odd day for me when I was a kid, but I never really thought about it until I became a mother. My own mom was 'there', she was just doing her own thing.
The second half of 1st grade I was at John F Kennedy elementary school in Stockton, California. It was near my grandparents house and I would walk home to their house after school.
(which is in itself crazy, right?)
I was a super shy kid and it has never been easy for me to make friends. So when the class was excitedly making their Mother's Day art projects, I was just sort of sitting by myself. At some point, the teacher noticed and although I don't remember what she asked me, or even what the art project was, I do remember asking her if I HAD to make something for my mother.
When she let me know that I didn't have to make something for her, I asked if I could make something for my aunt Connie.
I was SO disappointed when she told me that I could, only "if she was a mother" that I felt like I was going to cry.
(thanks Michelle, for not being born yet!)
I think she saw how upset I was getting, because she then explained that I could make it for my grandmother. I'm sure I was relieved at the time (and the teacher too) but I don't remember. Like I said, I don't even remember what the project was.
I do know that this is how I have always felt about my mother. I never felt mothered by her. Lucky for me, I did feel adored by both my grandmothers. I had aunts that loved me and took care of me. I don't know who I would be now if it wasn't for them. They were the ones who first made feel special.
They were the ones who first spoiled me.
Now I have my own little family to take over the job.