At Whole Earth Provision Co. our amazing staff members have lots of ways to make sure that their Moms have a special day. How do we know? We asked! Here are a few of our family traditions.
As you might expect, getting outdoors is high on the list of Whole Earth Mothers’ Day activities. Family picnics, day hikes and visits to public gardens are very popular. If you don’t already have a favorite picnic spot, this might be a great time to begin the search for that special place. Be sure to take a kite or two. Flag Pole Hill in Dallas and Zilker Park in Austin are two of our favorite spots to have a picnic and fly a kite. And don’t forget to take your camera. Some Whole Earth families make it a point to take a family photo every year on Mothers’ Day. Mom is often the family photographer, so be sure that she’s in this photo!
Many Whole Earth Moms love gardens and gardening. The Dallas Arboretum was mentioned several times as a favorite Mothers’ Day destination. This is a wonderful time of year for visiting public gardens in Texas as roses and many native plants are still in bloom. Helping Mom in her own garden is another way we celebrate. Planting flowers that attract bees and butterflies, helping to take care of organic gardens and mini orchards and creating beautiful landscapes are just a few of the ways that some Whole Earthlings spend time together with their Moms.
Maybe your Mom has a favorite State Park! Hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, exploring and just hanging out is a great way to enjoy Mothers’ Day. One Whole Earth family heads off to Dinosaur Valley State Park every year. The Texas State Parks website is a great resource for finding State Parks close to home.
Some Whole Earth Mom’s begin their day with breakfast in bed prepared by the kids, while some families head off to Mom’s favorite restaurant for a Mothers’ day brunch or dinner. For others, it’s a party! The generations gather for a feast featuring all the family’s favorite foods. Afterwards, the Dads take charge of the kids so that the Moms can relax and enjoy their special day together.
Does Mom have a favorite game that everyone can play? One Whole Earth family has an annual Farkel tournament to celebrate Mothers’ Day. Others play classic yard games like Croquet or Badminton. One Whole Earthling Mom is an artist. On Mothers’ Day, mother and daughter find a beautiful spot and spend the day painting together.
If you won’t be seeing your Mom on Mothers’ Day, don’t forget to take time to call or Skype. This is a great time to ask some family history questions or to request a favorite family recipe.
For some of us, our mothers are no longer living. But we can still celebrate our happy memories and abiding love. One Whole Earthling wrote:
Since I was a young man, whenever I was away from home, I would keep a travel journal. I would send post cards, from places both exotic and mundane. The one constant in that exercise of communicating through writing thoughts and feelings, observations and experiences, was that I always sent a card to my Mother, if no one else. It was she who taught me to write; to let people who mattered to me know how I felt about them; to keep in touch by sharing experiences; and to send thank you notes written in my own hand. It is the simple act of writing with a single confidant in mind: one who inspires me. One who quite literally gave me my voice, a meditation, if you will.
My mother passed in 1994, 19 years ago. Every Mother’s Day, I find a time to open my journal, read a few things to her out loud. My backyard, a knoll beside the river, the cemetery, a bathroom on a bus speeding across the Atacama desert in Chile have all served as a podium for me to share with her. Happy Mothers’ Day, Lula Bell.
And a Happy Mother’s Day to all of you from Whole Earth!