Mother’s Day Thoughts

May 6, 2008

For once, I’m on top of a Mother’s Day present. It seems that every year it sneaks up on me and I’m late sending a gift off to my mom. She lives in Louisiana, I’m in Oregon so it takes just a bit of planning. Usually I get her books, or a certificate for a massage or a restaurant certificate. But this year I’m contributing to the cost of her plane ticket to come out and see my family this summer. I felt lucky to find an airline ticket that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

With the gift part down, I just have to be sure I get a card to her on time. I recently found a Web site that will make that easier, because I can pick out a card to email to her. It’s called Here’s the link for the site’s Mother’s Day cards:

Here are some reading gift ideas for yourself, your mother or your daughter:

  • I Capture the Castle—Dodie Smith. A great book for multi-generations that allows you to talk about life expectations for women in another era while fantasizing about living in a castle in England.
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club—Heather Vogel Frederick. An interesting look at a fictional mother-daughter book club and an inspiration for travel to New England. Reading it also made me want to take field trips to the homes of historic authors, as some of the story line is devoted to the birthplace of Louisa May Alcott.
  • Girlwood—Claire Dean. A new book released this month. It feels as though it has one foot in the present, one foot in medieval times. It’s dreamy yet real. It reminded me of a secret place my sister and I carved from the shrubs along the fence line of the house I grew up in, and it will have you thinking about creating your own girlwood.
  • Songs for a Teenage Nomad—Kim Culbertson. Who can resist the thought of writing a soundtrack for your life? This came up recently in our mother-daughter book club when we talked about the music we all liked. We found a lot in common as well as a lot that was different, as you might expect. But we had fun talking about it as we explored some very interesting themes from this book.
  • Certain Girls—Jennifer Weiner. I haven’t read this one myself yet, but it’s getting good reviews and it seems like it would work well for older girls and their moms. The Web site,, offers two reading guides, one for mothers and one for teens. Both include interviews with the author “that touch upon the mother-daughter themes throughout this novel, from the disconnect between the worlds of adult women and teenage daughters, to those feelings of teenage insecurity about one’s family and body image, to the conflicts that come when a mother learns she has to let her daughter go and grow – all common emotions among anyone who has ever been or had a mother!”

Whatever you choose for your mom or ask your family for, I hope you’re able to have a meaningful, relaxed Mother’s Day and enjoy the best part of the holiday—spending time with your family to focus on how important motherhood is.