One of the premier annual events in the life of LCS took place this week – the Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea. If you want to see classrooms full of happy kids, beaming moms and servant dads, take a stroll through this wonderful May affair, which I did yesterday morning.
Classrooms were formally decorated to the hilt, a breakfast buffet was bountiful, mother/child photos were taken, dads were pouring coffee and serving in every way, and a host of five-year-olds were honoring their moms with hand-made items, a special program and, of course, through their exuberant presence.
One mother told me that when she first became an LCS parent, she placed this event on her calendar and then debated on whether it was an occasion worth taking time away from work to attend. She did, and now with another Kindergartner, it was the first event circled (in red!) when she received her school calendar last fall.
And, why not!?! It’s Mother’s Day, the special and traditional time for honoring these special women who bless our lives in so many ways.
Deserving Moms Deserve The Very Best
As my week for posting on the school blog rolled around, I became increasingly aware that I should devote this writing to the celebration of Moms. After all, not only are they intricately woven into the fabric of daily school life…I would bet they are the primary readers of the LCS blog.
YIKES! That’s a lot of pressure!
So what would I say that could possibly honor mothers in the highest possible manner? Lots of thoughts began swirling around in my head, but nothing was rising to the top of what needed to be said to adequately extol the virtues of motherhood. Nothing overly profound or even humorous seemed to be able to do justice to these marvelous blessings of the Lord.
Feeling so inadequate for the task, I did what any wise, prudent and sensible man would do at this point. I turned to Google for help.
And, of course, I didn’t just find a smattering of ideas for a Mother’s Day-themed blog, I was hit square-on with a fire hose of all things Maternal!
100 Years of Celebrating Moms!
I was especially glad to be reminded that Mother’s Day was not an invention contrived by Hallmark, and it’s certainly not one of the silly quasi-celebrations cooked up by Facebook. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation officially declaring Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914. However, Anna Jarvis is considered the actual founder of Mother’s Day in the United States, when she wanted to honor her mother in 1908 for organizing Mothers’ Friendship Day following the end of the Civil War.
The most popular gift for mothers on their special day? Flowers, of course. It’s estimated that people spend a whopping $1.9 billion annually on floral arrangements for Mother’s Day, and 69% of all gifts are flowers. Interestingly, 13% of moms buy themselves flowers for their special day. Why is this? Well, I don’t even want to go there. Remember, I’m just stating facts I learned in a Google search.
Other traditionally high ranking treats for mothers include candles, spa treatments, perfume, gift cards, framed photos, jewelry, and, certainly, a nice meal anywhere mom doesn’t have to cook.
Memorable TV Moms Inspire, Too
Next, I performed a search for the best television moms of all time. Even though the mothers in our own families clearly top the charts, these TV matriarchs certainly gave us a degree of inspiration and, in most cases, plenty of laughter. Included in this group are:
- Debra Barone – Everyone Loves Raymond
- Clair Huxtable – The Cosby Show
- Harriette Winslow – Family Matters
- Elyse Keaton – Family Ties
- Jane Jetson – The Jetsons (this one surprised me)
- Laura Petrie – The Dick Van Dyke Show
- June Cleaver – Leave It To Beaver (of course!)
- Claire Dunphy – Modern Family
- Tami Taylor – Friday Night Lights
- Carol Brady – The Brady Bunch
- Lorelei Gilmore – Gilmore Girls
A pretty strong list of ladies, for sure, who all play(ed) their mother character well. I’m sure you could add other memorable names to the list, who made you laugh, cry, and reflect on your own views of motherhood.
Speaking of lists, there is certainly no shortage of these regarding Mother’s Day. There are Mother’s Day book lists…Things to do for Mom…Places to dine with Mom…Mother’s Day gifts that won’t cost a penny…Best online gifts…Homemade gifts…and my two favorites – “19 Gifts No Mom Wants On Mother’s Day,” and “Weird Mother’s Day Gifts For Your Weird Mom.”
Show The Love!
Regardless of how you choose to honor the significant mothers in your life – whether your mom, grandmother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, or whatever the relationship, make an effort to move beyond the simple Googled list. Be creative. Be personal. Give them your time, and express your love (even more beneficial if you know their love language!).
Most of all, though, let them know you hold them in the highest of regard because they are a tremendous gift, a wonderful blessing from the merciful and gracious hand of God. And may the Lord continue to bless these special mothers this Sunday and each day that follows.
Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels... Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: Many women are capable, but you surpass them all! Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. ~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30
Mr. Steve Wilson is the Director of Advancement at Lakeland Christian School. To reach Steve, you may email him at Swilson@lcsonline.org.
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