Dear Helen Hartman,
Each year around gift giving times my Mom says the same thing: Your Love is the only gift I want.
Would love to know what THAT’s about – and what to get my Mom for Mother’s Day!
Dear Loves-your-mama One,
You’re old enough to know the truth now. Your Mom has resorted to that “I don’t want anything for Mother’s Day (Birthday, Flag Day, Wear Pajamas to Work Day). Just being with you is enough.” line time and again because your mom has seen the things you come up with to give. She has smiled warmly through things like this:
Yes, it's cool but it's not for Mother's Day. (Found this like new slicer still with packaging in a consignment shop!)
Batted her eyes and cooed sweetly over this:
Glamour Puss? REALLY? You thought your mom wanted a dress that's "fabulously flip...swinging fun for parties"? Have you see your mom lately? She is not going for the London look. She'd be happy with a nice London Broil.
A scale! I know you thought you were being helpful but... A SCALE?
(an estate sale fine Helen adores, btw - but I bought it for myself, not a gift)
Your mom even grinned manically while poking down things like this that you made for her:
Look Mom, I'm gonna put Jell-O in a ice cream cone -- Just for you! (Behold the wonder that is The Joys of Jell-O Recipe Book)
Your mom KNOWS you and what you are capable of.
|Yes, the child climbed into a cracker tin and had to be freed by Mom with a can opener|
So when Mom says she just wants to spend time with you, what she is really saying is: “Pipe down. Sit still and keep your hands where I can see them.”
A little peace and quiet (and a nice book and a dreamy romantic hero) is all Mom wants.
|This is an ad for furniture, honest!|
Frankly your mom is tired. She doesn’t think she has it in her to bluff her way through another gift giving occasion. Give her this:
Then leave her alone.
And stay out of the cracker tin.
Face it, Mom is getting too old for prying you out of fixes with a can opener and ironing out life's rough spots for you. Neither of which you are to give her for Mother’s Day.
NO matter how temptingly cool the ad makes them seem - that is a drawing of a lady saying she thinks they are wonderful, not a testimony by another Mom - this is a NO. Helen has warned you... after this it's Mom's turn.
Happy Mother's Day!
Participating in Rednesday today at It's a Very Cherry World.