To be honest, it was the first time I had allowed myself to yield to the emotions bubbling beneath the surface these past few months as the world came to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus. I never cried when my daughter’s high school prom or graduation was canceled; I didn’t weep when all of our family vacation plans for the summer evaporated. I never shed a tear when I couldn’t celebrate with my 83-year-old mom on Mother’s Day for fear of making her ill. Nothing got to me—it was as if I had somehow hit the pause button on my heart, keeping it on hold from any harm. I would weather this global health crisis stoically; I wouldn’t crumble or cave or show a single sign of weakness. After all, I’m a mom—wasn’t it my job to be strong?
This year, families around the world will be celebrating Mother’s Day from home. The moms in our lives do so much to support us, and it’s important to honor them for their love, effort and care. Although we are indoors, there are many ways to make it a meaningful Sunday. Try some new activities, or take a fresh approach to old traditions! Here are some suggestions for inexpensive ways to honor and celebrate the special mothers in our lives.