Sometimes it's hard to find the words to fill out a card. When writer's block rears it's ugly head, it's a good idea to step away for a bit then revisit what you're trying to write. But if you're on a time crunch and are having a hard time figuring out what to say to your mom this Mother's Day, I can help! Since Sunday is fast approaching, I have a few prompts and ideas to get the creative juices flowing so you can get your card written in time.
Thankful for you | When in doubt, list it out! If you feel like your words aren't flowing, simply put down a list of all the things you're thankful for regarding your mother. You can have fun with it and try to make it rhyme or have a theme, or you can keep it simple. Seeing a list of what you're grateful for will guarantee warm your mom's heart.
What she's taught you | Whether we like to admit it or not, we've learned a lot from our mothers. From teaching us the basics like walking, talking, and chewing with our mouth's closed, to the more intense stuff like navigating relationships, dressing for an interview, and preparing for your own parenthood. You can pick several things or just focus on one, but this year tell your mom something you learned from her that has stuck with you.
Now that I have a child... | Oh man. I don't know about you, but after having my own daughter I have a whole new respect for not only my mother, but all mamas out there. This motherhood thing is legit and it can be difficult to see the sacrifice, love, and constant hard work it is raising a child until you put the time in yourself. Tell your mom what you now "get" because you've had a child of your own.
What I miss about living with you | This is a great one for college students, but even as a 32 year old adult there are moments when I miss aspects of living under my mother's roof. Like how is the floor always clean? I mean seriously clean. How did she do that? And the food. Magically, there was always food. Now I stare into the abyss of the refrigerator wondering what on earth I'm going to feed my family. Keep it light and fun, or you can dig a little deeper and tell her about missing the late night conversations or after school chats you used to have together.
Favorite memory | This is a classic for a reason! This year retell a story or memory that has always stayed with you about you and your mother. It can be something you saw her do, something you did together, a little quirk she's always had that makes you smile, or a meaningful moment the two of you shared. She'll love hearing your side of the memory and what you remember from your childhood.
I sound like my mother | Yup. We all do it. Sometimes I open my mouth and my mom comes out. You might as well go ahead and admit that so she can get a good laugh. It's her day after all.
Biggest lesson learned | This is a heavy one, but what better day is there to share the biggest thing you've learned from your mother? This can go along with a memory or what you're thankful for, but knowing she's made a difference on your life and taught you something that has resonated with you will make her day!
What I love about you | Similar to listing what you're thankful for, why not list what you love about your mother? Once again you can create a theme, a rhyme, or simply list it out. You can also do a countdown, make it funny by listing her quirks, or keep it real and get to the heart of what you love about your mom.
I realize that not everyone has a conventional situation or relationship with their mother that makes the above ideas possible. If your mother is no longer in your life and you still want to get some words on paper to her, I encourage you to go ahead and write. Whatever you write will be cathartic for you and allow you the uninhibited space to put down how you feel about your mother, and your relationship with you mother. You can write what you miss about her or what you wished you would have gained from her.
If your mother is not a part of your life, but you have a woman that has had a large influence and been a mother like figure, go ahead and write to her this Sunday. You have the authority to choose who has had an impact on your life and if there is someone that has done that, but is not technically your mom, who cares? That in no way reduces the bond and relationship you have with her. So celebrate that relationship!
I hope you've found a bit of writing inspiration from these ideas and you're no longer overwhelmed by the inside of your Mother's Day card! To all you mamas out there: I applaud you. There are a lot of criticizers out there, impossible choices, and no rule book on how to raise a child. But there are also a lot of amazing, supportive mothers working their tails off to raise well-rounded human beings and that is often at the sacrifice of their time, privacy, sanity, cleanliness, and self care. So take the day this Sunday to relax and enjoy every minute of being the badass mother that you are!