As we learned in this article, my mom’s primary love language is quality time. This means that when special days come around, the gift of time is better than buying another dust collector to fill her already-full shelves.
I’m a firm believer that expressions of love and appreciation should not be reserved exclusively for Hallmark holidays. We should continually let our loved ones know how much we care. But there is something to be said for having special days just for mom and dad. My mom lives over 1,000 miles away, so whenever I do get to spend time with her, I try to find ways to make it Mother’s Day any time of year.
But that brings up the question of what to do for mom that’s special, personal, and hasn’t been done a gazillion times over. I’m pretty sure a macaroni picture frame covered in glitter isn’t going to cut it anymore. (Mom – please leave that ornament off the Christmas tree next year. I beg you.) And, knowing my mom, she’d rather do something fun and interesting instead of receive a gift. Remember that whole quality time thing?
Mom’s a single gal, too. And even though she’s no longer a spring chicken, she’s still very active and loves to get out and experience the world rather than watching it on TV. So, here’s my list of 8 fun things to do with mom in honor of her special day.
- Embark on a day of pampering at the mall. Start with a mani/pedi, then move on to a mini shoulder massage, and finally a makeover at your favorite department store make-up counter.
- Plan a theme evening. Pick a favorite country, then cook a traditional meal and watch a movie from that country.
- Sundays are prime flea market days. Grab your favorite tote bag and partner up for an afternoon of treasure hunting.
- Spring flowers are in bloom. Take mom to the local garden center and pick out her favorite blooms. Then get your hands dirty planting together in the garden.
- Grab your lawn chairs and go to an outdoor concert. Pack a picnic dinner, and even a bottle of wine. Enjoy dining al fresco!
- Go on a driving adventure to the next town. Pick a town near you, pack some car essentials, and spend the day exploring an unknown area.
- Enroll in a class together. What does mom like to do, but rarely gets to do? How about a dance class? Or a painting class? Or a French cooking class?
- Volunteer together at a local not-for-profit organization. Whether you’re working in a food bank, cleaning a park, or planting trees, the shared activity will be an experience she’ll cherish.