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Celebrating Favorite Mother’s Day Memories


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Last week I started devoting weekends to celebrating the things moms do that make them superheroes in the eyes of their families. Since Mother’s Day is tomorrow, this week I’d like you to share your favorite Mother’s Day memory. I’ll share mine!

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My Favorite Mother’s Day Memory

My favorite Mother’s Day memory is one I don’t remember. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I’ll explain. When visiting my mom last summer, I had to borrow a stamp from her desk drawer, an area I don’t usually spend time in when visiting her. Hanging above her desk was a poem I had written to her as a child that I don’t remember writing.

My mom had to work long hours when I was growing up to support our family. Consequently, though I knew she loved me, I didn’t spend much time with her and never felt especially close to her. We certainly didn’t express our feelings for one another very often and by the time I became a teenager, we could barely hide our disdain for one another.

You wouldn’t know any of this to read the poem framed above my mother’s desk. The child that wrote it had obviously had a brief moment of clarity regarding her feelings towards her mother and she laid them out quite clearly and emotionally. I know my mother cherished this poem because it was a rare display of affection from me. I picture her pulling it out after sending me to my room as a teenager for mouthing off to her to remind herself that there was a kind, loving child in me somewhere.

I am blessed with better children than I was years ago. I am also blessed to be able to stay home and watch them grow up. Consequently we exchange lots of hugs and kind words and encouragement. I have hundreds of memories that I carry with me to draw upon when we have a not-so-great day together.

It saddens me a little that my mom and I don’t share that experience with one another. But I am so glad that I found the words once to let her know that I appreciated the sacrifices she made for me and that I loved her even if we didn’t always enjoy each other’s company. They are a reminder of what I should do each day, while I still have the chance. For this reason, that poem I forgot I wrote, is my favorite Mother’s Day memory.

What’s Your Favorite Mother’s Day Memory?

Please feel free to share your favorite Mother’s Day memory in the comments. I love to hear your heartwarming stories!

24 thoughts on “Celebrating Favorite Mother’s Day Memories”

  1. What a touching story. My mom experienced humiliation and what’s bad was our close relative did it. But she stood her ground and showed those people that they’re wrong.
    I have lots of sweet Mom’s Day memories but one of the best is when I become a mother.

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  2. That’s a great story! I am sure your husband is like mine; trying to make mother’s day memories, but none can replace those you share with your own mother! I am glad that you espouse the stay at home Mom, because it’s the hardest job in the world! The kids will be far better off for it. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  3. That is so sweet. My favorite mothers day memory enjoying dinner with 3 generations of moms in my family!

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  4. I’ve never been close to my mom. All during my childhood she would rarely be there for us (she would either be cleaning, doing laundry, or simply taking a nap -she is a very light sleeper); as long as we stayed quiet and did our homework she was more than OK…so no favorite Mother’s Day memories here….and it sucks.

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    • Sofia, I’m so sorry to hear this. I am sorry she didn’t take advantage of the opportunity she had to know you and express her pride in you. I hope that you have found other sources of love and affection. It is amazing to me how resilient people can be and I suspect you are one who has overcome any disadvantage the strained relationship with your mother might have been to you.

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  5. I have to say, my mom and I were kind of the same way. And that made us pretty cold towards each other. I’m so glad me and my kids are different!

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    • Danielle, I think the lack of the closeness made me prioritize it with my own kids. For that, I am thankful. Easy to make lemonade out of those lemons! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. same here, my mom was a breadwinner for our family and i haven’t got close to her in my childhood days. but i got to get close to her in my present days days though. life is bittersweet but without our Moms, we are not born in this world.

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    • You are right! Even though my mom and I didn’t share a lot of time together, she inspired me in many ways to become the woman and mother I am today. Good or bad, our mothers gave us life and it is up to us to choose our destinies.

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  7. That is such a beautiful story. My favorite Mother’s Days were when my oldest son was younger and it was just the two of us. We would go to McDonald’s for the free breakfast and then go from park to park for the day playing together. I loved those days so much.

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    • How sweet! I try to take each of my kids on “dates” where I get to spend alone time with each one of them. We all cherish those chances to connect and enjoy one another without distraction. I’m so thankful for those opportunities so I can understand why you relish those days with your son.

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  8. This is a touching story.. I lost my mom 7 years ago, and I wish everyday I could tell her what she meant to me…

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    • I’m so sorry. I am sure your mother knew how much you cared for her. Mothers can see it and hear it in the way (not the frequency) their children interact with them.

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  9. Mother’s do a lot of sacrifices, I never had any fun time (like playing and stuff) with my mother but she and I are pretty close. She taught me s much stuff that I need about motherhood and how to survive…

    Happy mother’s day!

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  10. I remember my Mom cried on my wedding day, she is sad and happy at the same time. She knew that day will come that i have to leave our home and start my own family. She is my rock and my one and only fan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I understand your feelings. I didn’t have a good relationship with my mother. She wasn’t a good mom at all and we haven’t really been close. However, I am a good mom because of that. I choose to be the opposite with my children. I have always been a very loving mother, while also being fair and honest with my kids.

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  12. Corinne,
    I love the looks of your blog and I’m going to spend more time reading your posts! I am blessed with a mother who HATES to be the center of attention, so it’s always a puzzle to figure out what to do for her for Mother’s Day. I think the thing that would make her happiest might be for me to go over to her place and just spend the afternoon in her flowerbeds with her, visiting and pulling weeds, and I plan to do that someday soon–probably not today, since we’re having a picnic for her!

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  13. What a wonderful story. Am so glad you are able to be home for your children and your husband.
    I have fond memories of past mothers days with my mom and with my own children. It hasn’t always been easy but it has been fun filled. Now that I have semi retired from working it is so nice to spend time with the grandchildren. I see how much I missed when all my children were little. Making birthdays and holidays special were very important to us, even if I had to work that day, it was still special.

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  14. What a wonderful story! One of my best memories is when I wrote a poem for Mother’s Day (I was 10 or so) and then it got published in a magazine, my mom and I were so proud!

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  15. Corinne, thank you for sharing your touching Mother’s Day story. I wasn’t as close to my Mother when I was young as I am now. As I’ve grown up I learned to appreciate her more and understand all the sacrifices she made in her life to serve us all. I get to call her every day and tell her how much I appreciate her being my Mom and am so thankful she is still a large part of my life. Everyday is Mothers Day for us now.

    Dr. Samantha Joseph

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  16. Such a sweet story. I cannot for the life of me remember any specific mother’s day stuff, but I do love my mom and am thankful she is mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Thanks for sharing that memory! I wish I had one to share and I wish my mom was still alive for me to shower her with gifts of love. This is always a tough time for me, my mom was a great mom and I miss her dearly! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!

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