I love that we set aside one day out of the year to celebrate the strong, inspirational women in our lives - our mothers. I can stand at the greeting card aisle for hours and walk away with seven cards I want to give my Mom because they each say something that uniquely applies to her.
When I stroll past stores, trying to choose just the right item to gift her with, I have a similar problem. I always see gobs of things that I want to give her and narrowing it to just one or two is nearly impossible. I think because we are so like-minded, it makes it so much fun to shop for her. I know exactly what she likes and what she'd want.
Except for that year I bought her grape cluster earrings. No seriously, they didn't just resemble a grape cluster in shape, they were earrings that were made to look like an actual grape cluster!!! What. Was. I. Thinking? I mean, they were big, bright and purple, for crying out loud. They even had the green stem and leaf at the top.
They looked sort of like this, only WAY bigger. I'm talking, like 3 X's the size and without the yellow rim. Heaven help me.
My Nana owned a dress shop in the quaint town where they live and that is where I picked out the earrings. Nana urged me to get a different pair (that I'm sure were much more classy), but I was dead set on those. In my heart, I just knew that my Mom was going to LOVE those earrings. Nana just smiled as she gift wrapped the earrings and I sat in wild anticipation for the day to arrive to give them to Mom. I was beyond thrilled for her to see them. I longed for pierced ears so that I could one day wear earrings as gorgeous as those.
I asked her over and over when she was going to wear them and I vividly remember the day she did. She wore them to Church with a beautiful purple dress and told me time and again how everyone complimented her earrings all day long. Bless her heart, she is just the best Mom. If I remember correctly, she went out and bought a purple dress just so she could wear those earrings. I'm sure finding a dress that shade was no easy task. Oy. (Sorry, Mom.) I was beaming with pride and I'm sure she did everything she could to cover her ears with her hair that day.
I wonder if she still has them? They were simply horrific.
Luckily for her, I have become a much better shopper with age. This year, she's getting banana earrings.
And so now, I must know! If your Mom has no idea who I am and does not read my blog, tell me what you're getting her for Mother's Day this year! I'd love to hear of the thoughtful and fun gift ideas floating around out there. And tell me about the WORST thing you ever gave to your Mom! Come on, guys. It can't be as bad as mine.