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by Sukie Jackson

My Favorite Mother’s Day Gift That I Didn’t Get

Abe and Luke with their purple petunias. Cotton swabs make great paint brushes.

Abe and Luke with their purple petunias. Cotton swabs make great paint brushes.

My All-Time-Favorite Mother’s Day gift is the potted plant my son made at Ruth Washburn years ago that he never officially gave to me.

After carefully painting the pot with bright acrylic paints at school and planting it with a purple petunia my son became so attached to the plant that after bringing it home he immediately hid it in his closet (this caused him some anxiety because he had learned that plants need light and water).  He wanted to keep the plant for himself.  Luckily, that petunia was a survivor and it did see the light of Mother’s Day.   We eventually came up with a plan to share the plant, with my son as the caretaker, but we didn’t get there without some tears on his part.

Mother’s Day. I always silently appreciate my mother on this day and feel thankful that she never had expectations for how those around her celebrated her or the day. In fact, she explained to us at an early age that this was a commercial holiday, and that we shouldn’t buy anything for her. So we had an unspoken rule that we would do something simple and homemade. That worked for our family.  However I know other families that look forward to and enjoy elaborate celebrations that include both mothers and grandmothers.  One friend chose to go to the zoo with her family for Mother’s Day one year. They had so much fun that this has become her family’s Mother’s Day tradition.

Older Threes teacher Linette models a scarf made by her daughter Margaret. Look up “dye silk scarf with colored tissue” for instructions

Older 3s teacher,  Linette, models a scarf made by her daughter, Margaret. Look up “dye silk scarf with colored tissue” for instructions

Whether your family has traditions or no traditions,  whether mom has expectations or no expectations, Mother’s Day does offer the opportunity for each mother and family  to  figure out and talk about how to best celebrate (or not!) something as complicated

as motherhood.  One of the great things about having young children is that you can try something one year and if it doesn’t work, you can try something else.

Two tried and true Mother’s Day gifts made by some children at Ruth Washburn are homemade scarves and potted plants. Just don’t be disappointed if your child falls in love with the Mother’s Day gift he or she made for you and decides to keep if for him or herself! Do you have any great Mother’s Day thoughts, gifts or ideas to share?

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day,

Sincerely,

Sukie Jackson   Older 4s teacher