Another week down! I can not even begin to describe how happy I am to be home. Even more so, I can not explain how happy I am to be back working at The Center for New Beginnings.
This week has been filled with many happy moments. First, my fish ate for the first time since coming home from Macon! Second, I got to go on a wonderful date with my bestie from high school and finally, I got to spend a bunch of time with my mommy!
Today is Mother's Day and to celebrate it we had dinner at my house with all the grandparents! Traditions never cease to exist!
For Mother's Day instead of listing the things I did do for my mom, it would be easier to list the things I did not do:
- I did not buy my mom flowers.
- I did not buy her a teddy bear either.
- Breakfast in bed did not happen.
- An expensive piece of jewelry did not appear for her.
- Nor did any gift at all.
- I did not get her a card.
- And I did not write her a letter showering her with lovely adjectives.
I do not buy into the one day of showing your love for your mother. Nor do I enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day for the purpose of the specific audience of the holiday.
However these are the things I did do for my mother today:
- I gave her a hug when I woke up.
- I took the Church bulletins to the Church.
- I put together the potato salad while she was picking up her mother.
- I cut up the ham.
- I helped set out the food when it was time to eat.
I helped my mother like I always do. I showed my love, not through material items, but through my actions. These are not unlike the things I do year-round for my mother. Things such as:
- Taking time at least 3 times a week to call my mom while I am at college.
- Sharing interesting articles I find with her via email.
- Pinning new items to our shared Pinterest board.
- Sending funny images through text message to her.
- Spending days shopping and acting as her personal stylist.
- Giving my [honest] input as she decorates the house.
And for the grandparents that were out the house today:
- I pulled up Facebook to show them pictures of me and my friends from college.
- I gave endless hugs.
- This includes endless "I love yous."
- I sat outside with them and talked.
- I sat inside with them and talked.
- I got them refills and gave them sprinkles on their ice cream.
It was the perfect day. A day of family and fellowship. The love was shared and was present no doubt. Although there was not a card, nor gift, nor flower, but that does not make the day any less perfect. When you realize that in the grand scheme of things it's not the items but the memories that mean the most, you realize how perfect these moments are.