Tomorrow is the day set aside to honor the mothers, grandmothers and perhaps even the great-grandmothers in our lives. Sometimes the circle widens to include aunts and other women who have played a meaningful role.
I hope that a book is among the presents you give or receive, whether it be a memoir, novel, volume of poetry, cookbook or blank journal ready to be filled with memories, observations and dreams.
A book can be purchased at the last minute but feels like a thoughtful gift. Support your local indie bookstore, where a staff member will guide you toward the perfect choice and even wrap your selection. You don’t have to consider size, color or food/flower allergies when you’re purchasing a book, though you might opt for large print or an audio version. You can even download an ebook to the recipient’s Kindle or iPad. In fact, I came across an ebook poem, Mother’s Day, by Alice Hoffman, an author I enjoy and whose work usually falls into the genre of magic realism. In an interview with Psychology Today, she credits her mother (a single working mom):
I became a reader by borrowing my mother’s books, and it changed who I was. For that I will always be grateful. I doubt that I would have become a writer if my mother hadn’t been such a great reader.
Mother’s Day is described as a joyous picture book for mothers and daughters of all ages. It’s a cool present for under $2.00.
You can also send your mother a personalized Mom dance video for free through Moms Rising or Women’s Voices for the Earth, worthwhile organizations founded by mothers determined to protect the health of their families and the planet.
Along with reading, I hope your Mother’s Day brings you hugs and laughter, good wishes and good food, appreciation and love… in some measure.