"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."
While I was at religious school helping in a classroom of 2nd graders, one of the little girls was talking to me as she was painting a picture frame. She told me that she was going to give her frame to her dad instead of directly to her mom, because he had said that he was going to get her mom a gift, but she didn't think that he had found the time to do so.
First of all, it was adorable that an 8 year old was looking out for her dad. Second of all, I was confused. Yes, it was nice, but normally in my family my dad gives my mom a card and that's all, except for helping my sister and I get a good present for my mother and drive her and the family to lunch. When I told the 2nd grader this, however, she told me very frankly, "In my family it's also wife day".
This made me realize that we don't exactly need a specific day to appreciate people, especially when we should be appreciating them without having to be told to do so. So, I brought home a frame that I painted (mine, by the way, was worse than a few of the 2nd grader's frames), and despite my imperfect polka dots, my mom was touched that I had thought to make a frame for her too. And then, later on in the day, when we were in the city, we saw a Starbucks and my mom mentioned wanting a Java Chip Frappuccino, a drink that I like to call our special drink. So, we went in to the store and I paid for a large one for my mom without being prompted to do so.
It was the smallest thing that really made her happy in my opinion. Wishing her a happy Mother's Day on Facebook, getting her a drink, and doing the little things that she didn't expect was what really made the holiday special.
Mix It Up a Little
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