Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Mothers deserve to be celebrated all year long – not just on Mother’s Day.
The day has been hyped by all kinds of commercialism in order to make it one of the most profitable sales periods of the year for retailers. But mothers are more than the means to great sales.
What many mothers do, we could never compensate them for by going into the stores. Sure it is nice to purchase something to show your appreciation of them and to them. But there is more to showing your appreciation than giving a present.
Many years ago I spoke with a lady whose daughter and two boys were in my class when I was a volunteer with a certain Christian organization. They were absent from my class for the second consecutive week, so I went to check on them. In the process I had an opportunity to talk to their mother. She shared with me that she was going through very difficult times.
This is a family that had everything money could buy, but she was very unhappy. One part of her story really touched me. At some point before our conversation she had a heart to heart talk with her husband who was always gone and never had too much time for her.
At a point in the conversation he said to her, “I cannot understand what your problem is. You have my credit card, you can buy almost anything you want. I have given you almost everything money can buy and you still complain.”
She said she turned to him and told him, “It’s not your money I want, it is you.”
She was not after his money, she was not after what money could buy, she wanted some of his time, she wanted his presence, his companionship, the opportunity to spend time with him and enjoy him.
It’s not that much different with children and parents especially children and mothers. A gift is thoughtful and kind but don’t forget that precious thing called time; especially those children who have left home. If mother is alone no matter how she might act independent she still would appreciate your time and your presence when possible.