Throughout time, mothers and motherhood have been celebrated around the world but Mother’s Day as we know it today wasn’t established until 1914 by Anna Jarvis. The loving daughter wanted to honor her charitable mother, Ann Jarvis, who had started local organizations to help the hungry and care for the wounded during the Civil War. While Anna later felt that a printed greeting card ‘means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world’ many today have looked forward to finding the perfect, most meaningful gift for that woman in their life who has represented motherhood for them.
At The Picket Fence we have mothers, sons and daughters. I’ve asked them about some of their most memorable gifts from Mother’s Day. Whether they were the giver or the receiver, these stories are sure to put a smile on your face.
I’ll start things off with a Mother’s Day when I must have been 15 or 16. I had been working at the local Mexican restaurant and saved up my tips to get my mom a beautiful orange-beaded wrap-bracelet from a very nice store in town. I was so proud of being able to get it for her and she wears it to this day.
Claire, our jewelry expert, told me when her son Roco was a little boy she shed tears of joy and heartfelt happiness when he gifted her his first bouquet of flowers – a fistful of dandelions. Now that Roco is grown up though, she also appreciates some of the finer things.
Massey, designer extraordinaire, has something very special planned for her mom who resides in the South. I don’t want to give it away and spoil the wonderful surprise but let’s just say that this Mojito lip balm will be involved.
Some gift givers plan, scrimp and save to get just the right gift and that’s just what Barbara’s, one of our Menlo Park associates, son did when he was in first grade. The young boy set out to sell enough gift-wrapping paper for his school to win a prize he had his eye on: a necklace with a green pendant. He met his goal and when his teacher asked him about his prize choice he said he had always wanted to get his mother something nice. Needless to say, Barbara keeps that necklace in a box of treasured memories to this day.
Other gift givers get creative like Ray, our talented photographer. Knowing his mother’s love of naturally heart-shaped river rock, he found a beautiful one while on a fishing trip. To really commemorate the special gift and what it represented he then penned a memory about a day he had spent on the river with his mom onto the rock, to add to her special collection.
One of Jeanne’s best gifts, one of our talented merchandisers, was an awesome, leather motorcycle jacket she received from her daughters five years ago. She said it was quite a surprise and she just loved it. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her wear it with some of her great outfits. The woman has taste and her daughters know it!
Lastly, there are those who try, they really do, but don’t quite succeed. Our very own store manager, Jennett, grew up on a farm in rural Idaho. Even though each day was spent toiling in the soil, her mother still had a flower garden she loved. One Mother’s Day Jennett thought it would be a nice gesture to help her mom in the garden by pulling weeds. It turned out that weed seedlings and flower seedlings look quite similar to the untrained eye. Jennett was then encouraged to find other ways to be helpful for her mom.
However you decide to honor your mother this year, or someone who represents a mother to you, just remember that whatever you get her will mean the world to her. There is nothing more loving than receiving a gift from the heart, whether it be an expensive piece of jewelry or a gesture to show appreciation.