This week, The Heart Beet reports on a day we all should not forget! Mary Kent shares some ideas to help give your favorite Mommy a happy, honorable day!
Mothers. We all have one. Some of us had one. And, a lot of us are one. There are those that have a step in between and there are those lucky enough to have two. Whether you're a mommy, one to be, or single like me, we all have someone to remember this Mother's Day. I am lucky enough to have two mothers. The lady on the far left in the picture is my mother and the lady next to her is my french mother. Both, I consider to be my mothers. I stayed with my French mother while in my 20's at university, and, obviously, I lived with my mother during my school days, which meant pre-teen days, the most glorious years of my life. NOT! OMG! Sorry mom! Both mothers have been role models for me and both I give serious praise and honor to on this Mother's Day. While my mother and I don't look exactly alike, I think we have the same cheek bones and there are many things within and without that I inherited. Par example, I definitely inherited her chic taste, her creativity, and her love for nature. While I'm not super into birds like she is, I definitely think this bird-like love manifested through our name and maybe into my voice box with some of our bird-like noises that my brother and I do. I'm pretty sure I naturally feel the same feelings of overwhelmedness at times as mother does, but I'm even more sure I gained a voice of independence, strength, and stand up for thy self attitude. I learned from my mother that attitude is everything. And, when things aren't going perfect, you can still have a positive outlook. While she's Cancer the Crab and I'm the Water-Bearing Aquarian, I have learned much invaluable wisdom from my mother in the realm of feelings, sensitivities, and the art of observation. While Cancer the Crabs are known for their exterior shell protecting a loving heart, my airy fairy, flying heart has learned it needs a shell to be protected and locked under at times. My mother always told me to be aware and to observe, which I think has taught me to truly see. I believe this simple teaching has been the basis of my artistic and creative expression. I look at things differently than others and I can thank my mom for that. I've learned that Crabs have long arms that extend and give of their time, charity, and thyself. My mother does things for people that, admittingly, I'm not sure I would ever want to do, but can only hope to do one day. She inspires me with her ability to volunteer so much of her minutes on Earth. And, of course, I have learned the crab will pinch here and there (hee hee), but that pinching is just a part of having such a caring, loving heart. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
And, on the other side of the coast is my French mother. From her, while she didn't pass an inheritance to me through genetics, this mother had the power to unlock a very treasured gift within myself: the ability to speak French. I give her all the credit for putting me to the test! Only after a year of living with her did I find out that she speaks English and understands it even better! But, I was happy because I would not have the same accent if I had not been influenced by this chic Baroness de Paris. And, frankly, I might not have remembered who I really am. This mother taught me the elegance of being a lady. She showed me that a woman who does it all can also be a woman who looks gorgeous while doing it. But, she must take care of herself, eat healthy, and do gymnastiques! My French mother showed me that oui, c'est possible. Whenever I return to Paris, I am so blessed to see my french mother and to sit with her and chat about things that are trčes important and things I have learned since my stay with her. These days, we speak of things that are plus important, things of the heart, things that matter. We both believe that we never die. We both love Mother Mary and have both been to Lourdes, though she's been more than me because she lives nearby! Lucky her! And, we both believe that there is something so much greater than this life that we are reliving. (Reliving was a typo, but when I re-read it totally fits and makes sense.) When I sit with her, it's as if no age has come between us and no time that has ticked since I first met her when I was 21. She always asks me "Pourquoi, tu change pas. C'est bizarre, Mary Kent!" And, I always just giggle and in my heart I just reply, "Because I believe." And, I think that is the unspoken gift given to me from my Mothers. Happy Mother's Day to you both!
Now, we all know that sometimes mothers are a little tricky to shop for, and, sometimes our gifts might not be exaaaactly what they were hoping for! So, this week, I came up with ten suggestions that will help make your Mother's Day shopping easy and effortless. And, I'm betting your special Mother will be beaming with light when she receives your fabulous giftie! Some of the gifts are things I've done in the past for my moms. And, others are things I just think any mother would want to receive! These are some of the gift ideas that I think the mothers above would definitely agree to be formidable:
- Something off the beaten track. One year I gave my mother this cool little crab that I bought in an antique store in the Highlands of Nowheresville, Scotland. Crab represents Cancer. My mom's horoscope! It was a perfect gift!
- Treasures from the old. Rummaging through old jewelry in a junk store I found the cutest mother of pearl pin that said Mother. All moms love gifts from the old!
- Treasures from the new. Venture out to a store that your mom loves and get her a little something! She'll know that you went somewhere she loves and she'll light up!
- Something that smells yummy. Bar none the best smelling thing I have ever sniffed is Nest's Moroccan Amber Fragrance Sticks. I got mine at Cottage & Vine.
- Something from the heart. I love Elsa Perretti's heart, but honestly, I love my Heart Knot more. hee hee This is a great little present that any mom will wear. I gave both of my mom's one and they LOVE it!
- Something from the camera. Framed photos are the best presents ever! You can get great frames from anywhere. Marshall's, Target, and any house shop like MACK will have a great frame!
- Something from the vineyard. I think a great little present is a new bottle of wine. If your mom only likes Pinot Noir, then give her a bottle of Malbec. If she only drinks Chard, then give her a Reisling. It's always fun to mix it up!
- Treasures from the kitchen. There are so many treasures to be given for the kitchen. But, whatever you do, don't give her a grill! Find something dainty or in a pretty color. Tea towels, a piece of pottery, or gorgeous napkins. Mothers love these kind of things!
- Treasures from the bookstore. Women love to read and look at beautiful coffee table books. Give your mother a book on flowers, gardening, or something that she loves. Observe her house and you will get keyed into what books and authors she treasures.
- Something that you created. I painted an abstract for my mother one year and it's one of my favorite pieces. There is nothing more touching than to give something you made yourself to your mom! She'll love it as much as she did when you were a kid!
So, mothers play a VERY important role in who we are, who we become, and who we choose to be. This week, we should all give thanks to our mothers! And, to ourselves, for being one!
Happy Mommy's Day! Don't miss a Beet! Stay tuned for next week!
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