I am NOT…
By ANY stretch…
A Hallmark holiday fan.
I do NOT believe in designating days to necessarily praise or pamper just because someone says we should. I don’t BLAME people for observing the holidays…I get my mum mother’s day cards TOO! And I don’t really blame companies for aiming to generate business – we all do that in our own way to make a living! So it isn’t “wrong” so much as it sort of bothers me that so much pressure surrounds holidays now.
DO NOT get me started on Valentine’s Day! I don’t want flowers or chocolates (even if they’re sugar free!), or any special notes… I think we should do those things for each other JUST BECAUSE.
JUST BECAUSE, on ANY GIVEN DAY.
Leaving little notes to say “I love you,” “thank you,” or “I appreciate you,”… Picking up the phone to say something kind, or giving your mum a kiss at the end of a long day – ANY old day – JUST BECAUSE…is what matters. (At least to me!)
I will randomly tell my parents how amazing they are, how blessed I feel to be theirs…or I will say it to a friend of theirs (or mine) while they are present, even. I don’t say it because I feel obligated – It just comes out! I can only hope that they will never doubt how proud I am of them, how thankful I am to be their child, or how grateful I am for all that they have done for me and my siblings – it is never, ever unnoticed!
Vintage Gibson Pinup ad that we shared on Facebook for The American Hot Rod Foundation, in honor of Mum’s Day. Not our image, but just a fun share (it was a random internet find)! 🙂
I also say those things…ALL the time…when they aren’t in the room to hear me say it. To me, they deserve to be acknowledged – in person, just as much as when they won’t hear it directly. Those positive vibes are still theirs to be had…and proximity won’t change that. ❤
Vintage Whitmans ad that we shared on Facebook for The American Hot Rod Foundation, in honor of Mum’s Day. Not our image, but just a fun share (it was a random internet find)! 🙂
So yes…I got my mum a card…but I also make a point to tell her that her flower arrangements are AMAZING when I see them around her house – they’re gorgeous, and the talent is out of this world. I want her to know it!
I love to say “you look so pretty!” when she is dressed, for a meeting…or a dinner, doesn’t matter. I want her to know.
I make a point to tell her “I’m SORRY” when I am out of line. Sometimes I’ll even cry because I feel terribly – and somehow, she always understands. She deserves respect and love every day.
I will never lose the love of lifting her up, if I can…when I can. I do not want her to Live for a split second without knowing how much I love her, and how amazing she is – busy lives mean sometimes forgetting to make it known that we are thankful. But I don’t ever want her to doubt.
I’m not sure, honestly, I will EVER be able to tell her enough…but I hope that along the way she has heard a least some of those things, felt my sincere love, and known that the notes I write truly are from my heart.
I hope one day I can be a fraction of the mother she has been to me, to my own. She lights me up when all other Lights go out – she gave me air to breathe.
You mums are amazing out there… You do so much, often without recognition. Know that today is actually NOT Mother’s Day…when I am writing this…but that even when Sunday passes by, that you are appreciated and loved and cherished for all you do.
And when it comes down to it, EVERY DAY should be Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day…
Because no one needs to tell you.
There is no obligation.
Love is unconditional, and appreciation should flow freely. ❤
Love and blessings to all.