Friday, July 22, 2011
A Precious Gift ~
My birthday was this week, and it brought to the forefront memories of my Mom.
I guess it was to be expected. I mean birthdays and anniversaries are perfect times for reflection.
And who shares your birthday more poignantly that your mother?
I've always liked to honor mothers on their childrens' birthdays...after all, they did all the work on that day!
So I was thinking back to the year I was pregnant with my firstborn. When July rolled around, I was in my 7th month and feeling sooo maternal! That's when it occurred to me to send my mother a bouquet of flowers to thank her for giving me birth. She was a real estate broker at the time and I must have sent them to her office (to make the most impact I suppose).
Well, did I get points or what! She was delighted with the sentiment behind my gift and shared with friends far and wide.
One other time she received flowers on my birthday.
It was a year of trauma for her with multiple surgeries on her spine. My dear husband thought of sending her a lavish bouquet at the hospital to celebrate my 50th. He did it without asking me or telling me about it. He was just so thankful for me, his wife, that he thought it would bless both of us. At the time I was not overjoyed. Her ongoing illnesses had stripped me of energy, focus and peace, and my life felt like it would never be my own again.
However, looking back, I am so grateful for the tender love of this precious man! It was the right thing to do, to try and lift her spirits and I'm so happy he thought of it.
Sometimes the most precious gifts cost us dearly. Whether it be our pride, or unforgiveness; resentment or jealousy; when we give unselfishly, we are always blessed in the process.
How about you? You don't have to wait til your birthday to bless your Mom or another loved one.
What can you do today?