by Cheryl Jackson Monday May 9, 2011

Moms, what did you do for Mother's Day?  Did your kids give you gifts?

Here's what I got yesterday:  Brunch with husband and all three kids, at a restaurant I've wanted to go to for months. It was great.  My husband gave me a gardening journal and seed collection book, which will help keep me organized while I plan, plant and harvest my vegetable garden. He knows how much I love this stuff and how much help I need keeping things straight.  My son gave me heirloom tomato plants and heritage seeds for that garden, which I can't wait to plant. My daughter made, actually sewed, a beautiful top which fits and I love (she's a fashion design student, so she knows something about this). And my other daughter gave me flowers, a lipstick holder and chocolate marshmallows from one of the city's best confectioners. Sweet gifts I would never buy myself. They all know me well and made me very happy with their thoughtfulness.

Having said that, one of our favourite gifts ever was nothing like those.  It was a jar of sand. Yes, a jar of sand. One of our daughters was very young, and realizing it was Father's Day, she ran outside, filled a jar, and presented it very proudly to her dad. It was glorious. It still is.


jar of sand


My husband's jar of sand gets trotted out every once in awhile and we laugh and remember. You know that corny saying, "It's the thought that counts?" I think it's true. At least, that's what we remember.

I hope you had a memorable Mother's Day.