The mother of a friend of mine recently passed away and as my friend was going through her mom's house she discovered a wonderful gift that her mom had left for her children. It was a photo album/scrap book stuffed with pictures. My friend tossed it to the side and it was not until much later that she took the time to actually go through the book. As she started through her book tons of excess photos fell from the pages; but what was left was such a surprise.
On each of the bound pages was a picture of her mother on Mother's Day. Every picture was annotated with the year and clearly documented the growth of her family. One child, two, four and finally all six kids were captured celebrating Mothers Day with their mom. When my friend and her siblings were young their mother had carefully included in the picture the cards, clay handprints and homemade bird cages that her children had lovingly made each year for their mother. In some photos a child was missing and mom had noted that John was away at school or Anna had the chickenpox and was banned to her room.
My friend told me that she had no memory of this ever being a formalized event. But clearly her mother had intended that this be a family practice that she held to. Such wonderful memories were captured within her pictures! This Mother's day my friend had digital copies made of her mother's book which she will distribute to each of her siblings.
If you are just now growing your family, you might want to start this picture taking practice as part of your yearly Mother's Day celebration.
Happy Mother's To all of you. And if you are blessed to have your mom still with you give her a hug or send her a squeeze via a note or phone call. I wish my mom was still here for me to do the same.
My beautiful mom who we lost 1/29/13