For mother’s day, I came up with a great idea!
See, in my family, giving stuff is a really complicated thing, because for the basic life we tend to live, we already have too many stuff! Thank God we have clothes, shoes, purses, accessories, books, etc. That’s why we love to celebrate everything with experiences: we celebrate by traveling, by eating, by living!
BUT I couldn’t just go and buy an experience for my mom this year. We were living in scarcity because we were getting ready to receive Genesis (he’s supposed to come to El Salvador, today, so we’re expecting) . I couldn’t spend money to buy a thing because we already have things, I couldn’t spend money to buy an experience because we were saving money at that time.
But I wanted to give her something on her day because I wanted to celebrate her no matter what.
And then I came up with a great idea: I’m yours for a full day!
Sometimes, I think I’m busy with all the University stuff happening or doing work or studying and other times, I’m out of focus when we’re talking and other times, I just have a really bad attitude, I like to think it’s because I’m stressed because finals but, to be honest, it all goes to attitude.
So, I figured what she maybe wanted it wasn’t a thing or an experience, she wanted a change for me. She maybe wanted me to be present and to be a more thoughtful daughter. And that’s what I became.
I told her: I’d do ANYTHING you want me to and I won’t grumble, I swear, but most important: I’d do whatever you want me to with a great attitude, I’ll be present, I’ll do my best and I’ll pay attention!
She was thrilled!
For a long time, she really had this plan of decorating the patio, she wanted to paint the walls, place the plants in a certain way, hang some thingies to place the plants, etc. The thing is she even though of hiring someone to do it. But that’s when my gift came in: I’d do it, mom!
She was directing me and I tried my best of not getting tired and give my best attitude. Whenever I ended a task, I went to her with a smile and said: It’s done, mom, wanna see?
And she was like: WOW, IT’S BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT! And she gave me the best smile ever and a lot of kisses!
You know what? I even noticed that all these tasks were really quick to do. I know painting or gardening are not my most developed skills but they took me less than three hours to complete the patio. When you really have a good attitude and try your best for love, things just work.
I know that this isn’t a gift for another world, it’s no extraordinary and for some people it might not be special at all. In fact, I know that this is how am I supposed to be EVERY DAY. But for my mom it was special, it was appreciated and needed.
I’m trying to make this “I’m yours for a full day” more of a weekly or monthly thing. I take responsibility of every day chores but, sometimes, my mom wants to do something extra with her house and I want her to know that no matter how “busy” it seems I am, I am here for her to accomplish that extra stuff. ❤
Happy mother’s day, mom! Love you to Andromeda and back! ❤