Making the decision to have a child is momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart
go walking around outside your body.
— Elizabeth Stone
One obvious subject for me to write about this week would be to give your mother (or any pseudo-mother in your life) the gift of travel. While I truly believe that the gift of travel is one of the best available, this time around I have a different suggestion.
Make a donation in honor or your mother – or mother figure – to an organization which helps women raise their families. Many of these organizations will happily send a thank you note or greeting card to your honoree. Or you can create your own card of honor, telling Mom you have recognized her efforts by giving to other mothers in need of help.
As I get older myself and need new Stuff less and less, I appreciate this kind of remembrance more and more.
One year I sent notes of donation to several friends whom I considered “Sisters in the Trenches,” thanking them for helping me to be a better mother. Their constant support for my mothering efforts meant a great deal to me, a daughter far from the daily help of my own mother. Each recipient thanked me sincerely for the honor – and those in a situation similar to mine reciprocated the gratitude.
Especially if you have no other or better ideas for Mom or her helpers this year, get in touch with a charity of your choice, and show them how special Mother’s Day is for you.
Here are three charities which I support for their mothering possibilities. What charities would you add to this list?
Heifer International – works to end hunger and poverty, and focuses on empowering women. They have an easy to use “Gift Catalog” where you can pick out the best symbolic gift. (Our favorite gift is Llamas.) To read more about the organization, go here.
Imagine No Malaria – Malaria kills a person every sixty seconds in sub-Saharan Africa, but the disease is preventable. This organization combines efforts of several global partners to bring major change to regions affected by malaria. The group’s infrastructure improvements proved essential in containing Ebola recently. When the fabric of healthcare is improved, life is better for everyone. Here is their gift card.
UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund goes way beyond trick or treating. Their programs provide nutrition, immunization, water, and education as well as emergency relief. They are on the scene in Nepal now. With continued support they will be among the first on the next disaster scene where families are displaced. Check out their Mother’s Day Gift option.
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
7 May 2015