Mother’s Day is all about love, and families of all kinds.

Biological mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, sister, neighbor, friend--to anyone who provided nurturing, understanding and love when you needed it, whether that person is living or not--this is your chance to say thank you. It’s nice that there is a day set aside for this purpose, just to make sure we don’t forget those who truly matter to us.

When you think about Mother’s Day, what comes to mind? For most of us, it is a special day or memory—the Popsicle-stick creation made by loving five-year old hands, the dandelions or wild flowers a child plucked from the yard and placed in a paper cup, the special occasion when you got to see your loved ones gathered together or the day you got to see the one from whom you had been separated. You might remember the last Mother’s Day you spent with your mother, when you weren’t aware it was the last, or the first Mother’s Day for you, your daughter, daughter-in-law or wife.

When I was in first grade, I made the ugliest yarn potholder for Mother’s Day. I cried all the way home from school when I over-heard my teachers making fun of it. It was pink and green. My mother said she loved it and raved about how beautiful the colors were, and she was an artist, so that meant a lot to me. She proudly displayed it in the kitchen, and I felt like a queen.
For most of us, what pops to mind when we think of Mother’s Day usually involves people, love and special days, rather than expensive gifts. Once your child has grown up, you would probably trade your most valuable piece of jewelry for the experience of receiving that Popsicle-stick creation, and once again seeing that smile.

I think the thing to take away from all this is that, whatever we do for loved ones on Mother’s Day, we should make it special, something to remember. And it’s equally important to graciously receive a gift. What my mother did with that ugly potholder was one of the best gifts I have ever received.

Anna Jarvis is credited with initiating the first Mother’s Day, in her home town of Grafton, West Virginia, which is considered the birthplace of the holiday, designated as the second Sunday in May in a proclamation signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Though there is some conflict associated with early celebrations of Mother’s Day, it was lovingly instituted as a day to honor women, and we can make it whatever we want it to be.

Thich Nhat Hanh said, “The most precious gift we can give others is our presence.”  Even an hour or two, being fully present with someone, is a special gift. When you can’t be there, sending flowers, candy, cards or gifts is a great way to honor that special person, but be sure to include a personal note with a heartfelt message and follow up with a phone call. In this electronic age, it’s so much easier to send text or e-mail messages, but they pale in comparison to the sound of a loved one’s voice.

If you’re stumped for a gift for that hard-working mom, and you need to send something quickly, consider sending our Overwhelmed No More Pack which is also available with a Comfort Pack Pillow.

Our Mom-to-Be Pack is perfect for the expectant mother in your life, and a hand-dipped, Aromatherapy Candle sends a wonderfully fragrant message of appreciation and lasts far beyond that special day.

To find great ideas for other unique gifts, which can be sent directly to your loved one, complete with a personal message, visit our Online Store. Also available through our Online Store are gift MP3 downloads, which can be delivered to the recipient’s e-mail address within minutes of ordering, around the clock, even on Mother’s Day.

As always, we welcome your comments, and we would love to hear your Mother’s Day stories. We at Health Journeys extend our wishes for a special and memorable Mother’s Day to you and all the special people in your life.