Happy Mother’s Day!
I thank thee for the little fingers
that get into everything
for without these little fingers
to whom else would I sing?
Sing of your praises
And sing of birds and bees
Sing to my little ones
Songs of elephants and fleas
I thank thee for the little voices
that sometimes whine and cry
for without these little voices
I would never wonder why
Why is the sky blue?
And why do You start us small?
Why must we eat vegetables
to grow up strong and tall?
I thank thee for the little eyes
that peep when they should be sleeping
for without these little eyes
what dreams would be worth keeping?
Keeping dreams of a big house
with laughter in each room
love and hugs and tiny dreams
you stitched together in my womb
I thank thee for these little children
you have placed in my care
for without these little children
joyous moments would be rare
If you are looking for a last minute Mother’s Day craft, please allow me to save the day! (Affiliate Links Ahead – Thanks for supporting my brainstorms!)
For the craft pictured at the top of this post you need the following:
- This Poem – I have the poem twice on one page to make multiple copies easier.
- Construction Paper
- Stick Glue
- Your Kid(s)
- Pick a background color from the construction paper.
- Cut out the poem.
- Pick a hand color.
- Trace and cut out your each child’s hand.
- Write three things on the construction hand cut out
- Child’s Name
- Child’s Age
- Paste poem and hand print onto background paper.
- Write “Happy Mother’s Day!”
And, voila! Thirteen students and I were able to make the completed projects above in about half an hour, and some students made extras for grandmothers. The glue would be dry before Mom finishes her breakfast-in-bed.
Now, if you have extra time, or you’re willing to pass out gifts late, one year I used larger construction paper, one poem, hand prints for each kid, and a group picture. Then I laminated the whole project. For the local grandmothers we put it together like a big poster for in-person delivery, and for the far-off grandmothers we folded the construction paper like an extra large card and mailed them in extra-large envelopes. I even managed hand and feet prints from my newborn nephew for grandmothers and sent one back to his mother. I wish I could manage something that elaborate every year, but hopefully scarcity drives up the value, right?
If you can, hug your mother today, or call her, or write her, or draw her a pretty picture!
And if you can’t do any of those things, find a bit of quiet and a comforting drink, and remember. Remember why you would love to call or write or draw her a pretty picture.
And, maybe . . . draw that picture anyway.