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Mother’s Day Planning Guide

4 Ideas for a Heartfelt Mother’s Day Card

You’re past the age of macaroni and glitter glue—but you’re never too old to send your mom a message crafted specially for her.

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2. Jot down random thoughts and memories about your mother.
Words or fragments will do. (Graceful, fierce, kind, blunt, proud, pretty, generous…red lipstick, gravy, Ivory soap, chicken soup, spray starch, strawberry shampoo.)

3. Now try digging a little deeper. 

  • What skills did your mother teach you that you use every day? (Employing humor to make people feel comfortable? Understanding that the secret to sewing is ironing before stitching?)
  • What little heroic acts of kindness did you take for granted at the time? (Did she always let your friends swing by for dinner? Cheer from the sidelines even when you sat on the bench the whole game?)
  • In what three ways are you and your mother most alike? (Did you inherit her love of books? Her quick temper that’s also quick to forgive and forget?)
  • Imagine your mom at the age you are now, and that the two of you are friends. What do you love about her most? (Her wisecracks? Her skill as an armchair therapist?)

4. You have the elements. Now put them together. For example: “Dear Mom, Remember when you used to let me step on your feet and we’d dance around the kitchen? Without you, I wouldn’t have my love of show tunes, my knack for accessorizing, or a living example of what it means to see the best in everybody. So this is just to say: I owe you everything. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Still searching for the perfect words? These Mother's Day quotes are another way to tell mom how much you care.

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