To Celebrating Mom

Let's face it — our mom is the very first hero we have in this world. They turn over their bodies to the ever-hungry feasting machines, deal with months of restless nights, wacky cravings, countless mad dashes to the restroom and terrible congestion (so I hear.) It's only after renting to terrible tenants for nine months that the fun begins and those pesky energy thieves move in (and takeover) every inch of their home and consume every minute of their life.

To me, it sounds like a poorly directed horror flick — but if you ask any mother, she'll tell you it's the greatest job in the world. Mind you, she'll likely have some form of cereal stuck to the butt of her Lululemon joggers and some sort of something on the sleeve of her shirt. All jokes aside, this is the modern-day superhero. Forget the capes and sparkling accessories, these heroes come fully equipped with literally anything you could possibly imagine in their purse and a heap of mom-realness. 

I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with literally the world's greatest mom. I know everyone says that, but to endure the agony of childbirth with a head the size of mine — she takes the cake. My mom has been my emotional support for as long as I can remember. Not only did she chase off monsters and teach me the importance of four wheel drive in the mud, she's stood by me for every step of this wacky journey called life with a smile on her face, tears of pride in her eyes and pompoms so loud the whole world could hear them. 


Fun fact: I have TWO amazing mamas. My moms just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary — though they've been together much longer. The two of them have shown me what love is and what it can conquer. They made me believe in happily ever after at any age and the importance of never losing touch with your inner-child. This post is dedicated to my two amazing moms and another very special third mama that my absolute best friend in the world lets me borrow on occasion. 👏


This is One Millennial's Guide to Celebrating (the badass) Moms of the world.

ie: All of them. 

Use this quick guide to help celebrate your leading lady throughout the year — not just on Mother’s Day. Here are five types of Mamas and what they may love:

 

 The fun-loving, down to earth, hippie mama:

The fun-loving, down to earth, hippie mama:

This is likely the mama that grew up through the late sixties and seventies — and brought more than just the yearbooks and big hair in the time capsule. She’s got a pair of Birkenstocks in her closet, loves The Beach Boys, is always down for an impromptu backyard barbecue and smashes the competition at game night.

A mama like this may love:
A coupon for a day by the sea. Treat mom to a ride (ahem: in your freshly cleaned car, please) to the coast. Cruise around the boardwalk, search for shells, beach glass or driftwood and reminisce about trips to the sand as a child — there’s bound to be a good story or two. Polish off the day with games and a late lunch so you can make it back to the shore for the sunset — s'mores anyone?

 

 The never slowing, go-getter that needs a chill pill mama:

The never slowing, go-getter that needs a chill pill mama:

A mama like this is in desperate need of putting that corporate card (and cell phone) down. Whether she’s a power player in the business world or just a plain and simple overachiever, this mama needs a daycation. Note: I thought I was so clever with that one I actually Googled it — turns out it’s already in UrbanDictionary 😩. This type of mama claims that she does best under pressure and craves the rigid structure, but even robots need to be powered down from time-to-time — and no, I didn’t just compare your mama to Rosie Jetson.

A mama like this may love:
Two words: SPA DAY! If that doesn’t sound like fun, two more: WINE TASTING! Seriously, this mama is in some need of serious TLC and there’s likely nobody else she’d rather spend that time with than you — her favorite (even if you have siblings.) Treat mom to a day at the spa. Whether she’s the massage type, in need of a mud facial or even a foot-tingling paraffin pedicure, you’ll likely help melt all of mom’s worries away.

Now if that doesn’t work, you better jam-jelly up to the closest winery. If the massage therapist and fresh french tip didn’t bring mom down a couple notches, a glass (or bottle) of pinot and some fresh crudités may do the trick. If you have the time, engage the sommelier in your conversation or ask to tour the grounds. Some wineries will allow guests to bring a picnic lunch — now how perfect does that sound?
 

 The semi-retired, empty nester that crafts for fun mama:

The semi-retired, empty nester that crafts for fun mama:

This mama is a complete hoot. A colleague and friend of mine has shared some stories of her mom’s brief addiction to crafting terrariums for future gift giving. She painted a picture of a hundred little glass capsules packed with air plants and teeny succulents scattered throughout the house. (I think I connect so much with this type of mama because it’s likely my future, as a Pinterest-addicted dad.)

A mama like this may love:
A paint night at a local bar or art venue. You may have seen this sprinkled throughout your Instagram feed — a band of friends holding their canvas of freshly painted cherry blossoms or rendition of van Gogh’s Starry Night. Admission is reasonable, though there are usually Groupon deals, and oftentimes comes with a glass of wine. A talented instructor will help even the least crafty people paint a mini-masterpiece in the three-hour class.
 

 The competitive, weekend warrior that ‘lives to win’ mama:

The competitive, weekend warrior that ‘lives to win’ mama:

There’s not a doubt in my mind that this mama was on all the varsity teams in school. She’s probably still in an adult league of some sport or hits the court regularly. This mama generally likes the sun on her skin and a trophy in her hand. She’ll likely want to let loose and have fun, but that’ll probably mean kicking your butt in whatever activity you choose.

A mama like this may love:
Sure, you could take mom to a picturesque golf course overlooking the ocean — but I’m fairly certain that a full 18 holes at your local mini-putt course would be even more fun. Challenge your mom to a good old-fashioned showdown in which the loser buys lunch. Tap into Mom’s competitive side while unleashing your inner-kids as you try to putt through the windmill and dodge the water traps. Rest assured that you’ll both end up winners and with a case of the giggles by the time the game is through.
 

 The guardian angel mama:

The guardian angel mama:

I didn’t want to leave this mama out. Just because she isn’t with you physically, doesn’t mean she’s not around. Unfortunately, we don’t get to keep our mamas around forever, which is why we need to celebrate and connect with them as often as we can while they are. Whether you’re religious, spiritual or believe in something else entirely, I’m sure that you know your mama is out there somewhere keeping a close eye on you, as she always did.

A mama like this may love:
Spend some of your day honoring mama in the simplest of ways. Do this mama a favor and crank up the stereo with her favorite tunes. Flip through old photo albums, wear mom’s favorite color or visit some of her favorite places. Cap the day by perfecting that family recipe to a dinner or treat that was mom’s specialty. While you may not get a verbal response in your conversation, you can still talk with her — I guarantee she’s listening. 

So there you have it, folks, a few ideas to help celebrate your mama outside of Mother’s Day. Be sure to tell your mom how much you appreciate what she’s done for you over the years — the sacrifices she’s made to put you first. My parting bit of advice: always, always tell them how much you love them. 

I love you, Moms! 😘