Motherhood means different things to different people. It’s just over a week until Mother’s Day in the UK. Still plenty of time to do one or more of the following things before next Sunday. – Book a table in your mother’s favourite restaurant and order a bottle of sparkling something [champagne, prosecco, cava] to be waiting on your table;
– Write her a letter [yes, with pen and paper, putting it into an envelope, attaching a stamp, and posting it in a letterbox, the red things on street corners] telling her you love her and mean to tell her that every day and that just because you forget does not mean you don’t think about her;
– Buy her a greetings card, if you must, though she would prefer a letter I think;
– Cut some wildflowers from the hedgerow, or flowers from your garden [not someone else’s, not without permission anyway], and wrap them up in some brown paper or gift wrap paper. Much nicer than a supermarket bouquet in plastic film;
– Order her a book about what it is like to be a mother and a daughter, written by mothers and daughters [including me, the daughter bit not the mother bit]: The Milk of Female Kindness: an Anthology of Honest Motherhood [featuring two of my short stories, in case you didn’t know!]
– Book theatre or cinema tickets to take her to see a film or play you know she really wants to see, that you think is boring. Just do it! You will both have a lovely time.
– Take her for a walk in a park or by a river or on a beach, with a rug and a flask of hot tea and some nice cakes. Find somewhere to sit with a view and eat as many cakes as she wants. No cake guilt on Mother’s Day.
Read a review of The Milk of Female Kindness here at My Train of Thoughts.
‘The Milk of Female Kindness: an anthology of Honest Motherhood’ [UK: K James] Buy now
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