Choosing the right Mother's Day card is no easy task. First, you have to jockey for position in the Hallmark store. And if you are also buying for a Grandma, or a Great Grandma, or a Mother-in-Law, or a Sister-in-Law, or a Sister, or an Aunt, then you have to fight positions several times. And if you go to the greeting card store during lunch or just after work, that makes your struggle all the more difficult. Waiting until the Friday or Saturday before said holiday more than quadruples the crowd. Lucky for me, I was able to go early in the week and early in the day so I only had to throw a few elbows and "excuse me's."
When choosing my MD and FD cards, I use the chuckle factor for my dad, and the choke factor for my mom. When I say "choke," I am referring to the lump you get in your throat when you find just the right card.
Before I tell you how this year's perfect card reads, I must give you two background notes. One, when I was a tween, my mom tried her hardest to french braid my super fine hair. She literally would spend nearly an hour twisting and combing and tucking and huffing to get my hair to stay... only for it to fall out before second period was over. Two, in the last week, Princess has grown just enough hair to sport two of the cutest, crookedist, teeny-weeny, pig tails.
So here is the "choker." A photo is affixed to the corner of a brunette mom french-braiding her blond little girl. Props and credit go to Hallmark for this tear-jerker.
When does a daughter need her Mom?
She needs her when she's little...
to kiss her good night
and sing the lullaby...
to do her hair
(and get the pigtails just right)...
A girl needs her mom
when she's finally ready
to set out on her own...
to give her lots of good advice,
to hug her and tell her
she knows she'll do just fine...
A gril needs her mom
when she's not really a girl anymore...
to smile at her
when she tries on her wedding gown...
to hug her through teary eyes
at news of a baby on the way...
to sing her kids the lullaby
(and get it just right)...
When does a girl need her mom?
Happy Mother's Day!
This is what three generations looks like.
Princess with her Grandma.
Mommy and her little Princess.
And if you ZOOM out on the last photo, you get mommy and all her babies.
Happy Mother's Day everyone!