When I was growing up, it was tradition to give my mum a card with a monkey or a cat on it for Mother’s Day because she was a sucker for stupid animal cards. I have children of my own now, and until recently, we didn’t have a Mother’s Day tradition in our house. In fact, Mother’s Day wasn’t really a thing for us. Sure, when the kids were younger, I cherished the macaroni necklaces, half-dead plants, and handprint flower pictures that I received each year. But as my kids got older (they’re now 11 and 8), our Sundays became jam packed with travel soccer, hockey practice, and birthday parties, so there was never time for Mother’s Day brunch. And while I like the idea of receiving a bouquet of flowers, it’s not something I need, so I’ve always told my husband not to get me anything.
Then, last year, I started thinking about the traditions I had growing up, and I realised that it would be nice for us to have our own Mother’s Day tradition — an occasion where we did something together that my kids could look back on as adults. So, I told everyone that I wanted our tradition to be to take a five-minute walk around the block, away from devices and other distractions. They looked at me like I had just suggested we eat the dog for dinner. But, despite their skepticism, they agreed to take the walk. It started to drizzle, the kids told me my butt jiggled when I walked, they made fun of my mum socks…and I loved every minute of it. And here’s the thing: Last week, without being prompted, my daughter asked me if we were going to take our Mother’s Day walk again. Mission accomplished.
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