Remember when you came home excited about being cast in the school play and how much she shared your excitement? What about the times when it didn’t go so well and she was there to hold you and remind you never to give up? Well, it’s likely she was there for 100’s of other occasions and I think it’s time to say thank you in some pretty powerful ways this year on Mother’s Day. Don’t you?
Instead of spending your limited cash on flowers that will die in a week… let’s put some more thought into the process. (brilliant excerpt from time.com)
Clean her car inside and out. This one is especially good for mothers of younger children, whose once-spotless vehicles have inevitably been infiltrated with Legos, juice spills, banana gunk, Cheerios dust, balled-up used tissues, and worse. For scoring extra points with mom, dads and kids should make her car spick and span right in the driveway, so she can see her loved ones toiling away in her honor and truly appreciate the gesture. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with taking your shirt off while hosing down the Honda—give mom “tickets to the gun show” as a little extra bonus.
Digitize her non-digital photos. Odds are, somewhere in your mom’s house there are stacks of faded old photographs or negatives stuffed into envelopes. They might be pictures of her as a child, or her mother, or her mother’s mother, and they deserve to be appreciated once again. Put a smile on your mother’s face by unearthing these family gems and bringing them into the 21st century. Scan and upload a bunch of images, so that there are digital copies of them that can easily be shared and printed.
Arrange an activity or outing that’s right up her alley. If your mother has a history of asking her children to partake in a favorite activity that they only submit to begrudgingly, well, here’s your opportunity to make her happy by asking her to join you in said activity. As a Mother’s Day gift, you’ll spend an afternoon crafting, having tea, playing tennis, or going to the movies (her choice, of course), and you better have a smile on your face the whole time.
Plan a family game night. Assuming your mom is the type who loves this sorta thing, leave all of the screens behind and have an old-fashioned game night. Play charades, Monopoly, Pictionary, or another fun, interactive game. For presentation purposes, choose a selection of card games and board games and place them in a basket with a card, and perhaps a bottle of wine and some nice snacks. Wa-la! You’ve got a nice game night package to present to her on Mother’s Day.
List the reasons you love her. Among the DIY Mother’s Day gifts suggested by Today.com is a decorated mason jar stuffed full of adorable and funny messages about why mom is the greatest. For example: “You give the best hugs,” or “You don’t snore as loud as dad.” The idea is that mom can open up the jar each day or whenever she needs a pick-me-up, and get a reminder about how amazing she is, and how much all of you appreciate her.
See? It’s not really that hard. It just takes some creativity and loving effort. Mom will be thrilled, and you and your acting salary won’t go bankrupt.For more tips that aren’t about mom, come say hi at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and see how we can help you!