It’s just one week until Mother’s Day and although the weather is shaping up nicely and the trees and flowers are bursting back into life, this year’s celebration may look quite different than in the past. Posh brunches or dinners, spa days, concerts or plays may be out of the question, but moms still deserve to be celebrated, perhaps this year more than ever!
If loved-ones are not social distancing in the same home as mom and breakfast in bed, or on the deck, isn’t an option, many restaurants are still providing curbside pickup and delivery. Add a bunch of flowers or a pretty wreath and mom will feel the love even without the hugs and kisses. A break from meal preparation will be a welcome relief.
Family video chats are becoming more commonplace during social isolation; gather the clan together virtually to share in a happy hour cocktail, plan to watch a movie together or have everyone come prepared with a joke or talent to brighten the mood. Be patient with older adults who may need a little coaching with new technology.
With so many classes available online, a gift of cooking, dance or yoga instruction is also a fun idea while studios and stores are closed. Bonus points if you take the class with mom or start a craft project together.
A gift of a book, or digital download, can also be a welcome distraction from the news during the quarantine. If several members of the family are all reading the same book, a virtual book club can be started and continued in person when restrictions are lifted. A handwritten note, a phone call or a photo memory book will always be appreciated. Homemade cards or pieces of art made with love and creativity can also let mom know how special she is to her family.
Keep in mind that deliveries may be running slower than usual due to the pandemic; don’t wait until the last minute to place orders. If possible, consider supporting small local businesses that are hardest hit by stay-at-home orders, restrictions and closures.
Remember; “life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother“.