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Mother’s Day, what will your child give? A tale and an idea.
A Mother's Day Story from long ago
Before I go any further, I just want to point out that Aunts, Cousins, Grandmothers, and anyone else who loves a child, can get a Mother's Day Gift; if you love, you are a mother.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, (no I won’t say how long), I was a mother of three small children. I nurtured them, loved them, and guided them through the hard and easy moments in life. Then, one day, I thought I would like to have something to remember them while they were still young (and cute and listened to mommy when she spoke). I racked my brain trying to think of what I could do to protect those memories. I mean, yes there are pictures, and there are recordings, but I wanted something different, something the kids could do themselves. I thought of key chains, and clay decorations, and scrapbooks, and school papers. I thought of a book listing all of their achievements. I thought of a book filled with their thoughts, wait, that’s it! I would have them write me a book! Oh, this was going to be the greatest book ever. Well, for me, anyway.
I gathered the children around the kitchen table and I handed them several pages. I put glue, construction paper, glitter, stickers, foam designs, beads, and different types of confetti in the center of the table. Then I told them to create pages of whatever they wanted for me for Mother’s Day. At first they had questions: “What did I want?” “Did I want pictures, or a story?” “Did I want them to draw something?” “Did I want them to make a cover for something?” I decided to sit down with them and try explain.
“You see,” I began, “Mother’s Day is just a few days away and I thought you could use those wonderful imaginations you all have and create things for me on paper. You can draw, write, decorate, color, bead, whatever and wherever you want. When you are done, I will put the pages in a book that I can look in and remember you when you were this age.”
I got smiles at that point and soon they were all busy with their projects. I wondered what I would get, but I looked forward to the surprise. About an hour later, I went in to check on them. The table was a disaster, as was the floor, the kids, and their clothes. Sitting in front of them were pages bent and twisted with glitter, beads, circles, squares, colored smudges, you name it, they had it. They smiled up at me and said: “Look what we did, Mom!” They each held up a page that they had covered from top to bottom and side to side with a little of everything from the supplies I had left for them to use. The oldest had written “Happy Mother’s Day” on the top of each one and each of the kids had written their name on the bottom. I couldn’t help it as tears of joy raced down my cheeks. These wonderful kids had made my Mother’s Day. It was like receiving First Prize in a contest for mothers. As for the mess, the kids had as much fun helping me to clean it up as they did creating it. The three pictures hung on my wall for years before they finally fell apart.
Before I go....
Your children will be small for such a short time. Make memories with them while they are small so you can remember them as children when you see them as adults.
And the book of memories I thought I would make...
I suppose I could have saved them and put them in a book as promised, but I enjoyed them so much that I couldn’t bear to bury them away. You see, I couldn't help but remember every time I saw those wonderful pictures made by my little angels (who could be devils at the drop of a dime). Each year I gave them the opportunity to make me something and I even went into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each page found a place on my wall (my open book I guess you could say). Of course, there was a mess, but the final product was well worth it. And now I ask, "What will your child make for you this year?" Give them them the opportunity to use their imaginations coupled with their love. You might be surprised at what you get.
Creativity Quiz (just for fun, see how you do)
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Remember you don't have to be creative to do this project because anything goes. Creativity doesn't just mean giving them papers and glue, it also means encouraging them in the use of their imagination. If creativity isn't your strong point, then find something that you are good at. A ready-made calendar that they put stickers on would work and remind you all year long. A foam sheet with foam stickers will work beautifully. You could give them a craft you looked up on the internet or ask their teacher for advice. There are so many ways you can get their imagination running on full while getting something you will treasure for the rest of your life.
© 2012 Cheryl Simonds