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To Mom, For All the Wonderful Things You Do

by Dan Zadra · 05.03.2010

 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 82.5 million moms in the U.S. (including yours), but more than three times that many Mother's Day cards and gifts will be given out this year. Why? Because Mom has been a lot busier than most of us realize.

For starters, it turns out that she is not just your mom, she is also someone’s sweetheart, wife, or best friend---and that definitely deserves a couple more cards or gifts.

 

If you have brothers and sisters, you’ll probably run into them at the card or gift shop this year, because your mom is their special Mom, too.

 

Now consider that your mom may also be someone’s cherished stepmother, adoptive mother, godmother and/or grandmother. I can remember that my big sister Lynne’s house used to look like a jam-packed Hallmark store on Mother’s Day. A single mom, Lynne somehow held down a full-time job, raised seven great kids of her own, and still found time to nurture several beloved grandchildren and godchildren---and they all made the pilgrimage to her house each year with a special card or gift in hand.

 

 

 

Today, our mothers are not only managing the home, they are also leading the House and the Senate. These days your mother may still be running the PTA, but chances are she may also be leading her company, community, church, hospital or volunteer organization.

 

"We mothered this nation," wrote former White House correspondent Liz Carpenter, "and we have no intention of abandoning our roles as nurturer or wife, mother, loving daughter, tax-paying citizen, homemaker, breadwinner."

 

How does Mom do it?  I’m not sure. Just be glad she does. And on Mother’s Day, be sure to celebrate, honor, love and affirm her.

 

Note: Continue our Mother's Day conversation; tell us about your Mom and the special ways she cares for you.

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Thank a Nurse or Doctor Today

by Dan Zadra · 04.29.2010

  

No one goes through life without being touched by angels. We all have stories of a nurse, doctor or caregiver who made a difference.

 

I remember when my son was born. My wife was in labor for 26 grueling hours. Our nurse worked tirelessly side-by-side with us all night long; it was so exhausting but so beautiful for everyone. Somehow she made us feel as if she cared about our baby as much as we did.

 

I remember when my daughter had ear surgery. She was just five years old and looked too tiny to have an operation. The nurse knew how nervous I was, so she invited me to push my daughter’s gurney to the O.R. Somehow she made me feel as if my daughter was her daughter too, and that nothing bad could possibly happen.

 

I remember when my Dad was in his eighties. He fell in the rain outside his church and couldn’t get up. He was sad, scared and embarrassed---but then the EMT ambulance from the local fire station arrived. Those big strong guys were so tender and empathetic. They understood Dad’s feelings, got him back on his feet, and then led the onlookers in a round of applause for him!

 

I remember when Dad was 96 and had come home from the hospital to spend his last Christmas with us. We all knew that he only had a few days to live. But somehow his hospice nurses and caregivers made those final days feel full and rich. Because of them, some of my family’s Christmas gifts that year were strength, courage, wisdom, faith, forgiveness, healing, peace, joy, laughter and love.

 

 

National Nurse’s Week is May 6-12, but healthcare recognition will continue all month long. If there has ever been a special nurse, doctor or caregiver in your life, now is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate them. Send them a Because You Care book, or a Gratitude book, or a Hero book with a personal note from you written on the inside flyleaf. If possible, drop by the hospital or clinic and give them a hug. The work they do is heroic. It often goes unheralded, but it should never go unappreciated.

 

Note: If you have a personal memory or story about a special caregiver, please share it in our comments section below. 

 

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Priceless Gifts for Mother's Day

by Meredith · 04.20.2010

Of all the gifts she gave us, please

The greatest of these

Were the memories.

---Isabella Graham

 

She nurtured you, encouraged you, believed in you, and gave you time and space to find your own place in the world. She gave you her hand to hold, her heart to call home, and the gift of laughter to keep and to share. What can you give her in return?

 

Through the years, your mother made a treasure out of every finger-painting, home-made present, and photograph that reminds her of you. This year, for mother’s day, show her once again that some of the best gifts in life cost the least but mean the most.  For example:

 

-Frame a photo of the two of you, and write her a note describing your memories of that shared moment.

-Buy a small flowering tree like a cherry, dogwood, or crabapple, and plant it in her yard. She’ll think of you as she watches it grow and bloom.

-Buy two matching teacups; give her one, and keep the other. Tell her to think of you sharing tea together whenever she uses hers.

-Write a letter describing some of your fondest and most beautiful childhood memories together.

-Give her a set of stationery or a box of cards, pre-stamped and hand-written with your address. Promise her a response to every letter she writes.

 

Here at Compendium, almost all of our most popular Mother’s Day gifts cost under $15.  One of the best examples is a little hardcover book entitled, “My Mom—Her Story, Her Words.”

 

This book is filled with questions that only your Mom can answer—questions such as, “Mom, when you were a child, what was your neighborhood like?  What is the best memory of your own Mom and Dad?”  You’ll spark conversation, cherish old memories and create new ones as she answers these questions, and end up with a family heirloom in your mother’s own handwriting.  This book costs only $9.95, but creates a priceless keepsake—something that will be treasured for generations to come.

 

No matter how you decide to remember your Mom this Mother’s Day, remember this: in the end, the true value of a gift is not its price, but its significance.

 

As we at Compendium get ready for Mother’s Day, we’d love to hear from you about special memories of your Mom.  Is there a meal she always made, a flower she always grew, a saying that makes you think of her?  Post your memories here. Join our community and share the love.

 

 

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Hope for Haiti

by Dan Zadra · 01.18.2010

I watched the latest newscasts from Haiti this past weekend. I shed tears of joy when the Icelandic rescue team pulled a dust-caked couple from the rubble—still alive five days after the quake. I shed tears of a different kind, however, when the same team raced off to a flattened school where 46 children were said to be trapped. Sadly, there was no one left to save.

Haiti rescue worker with infant

Image courtesy of the Associated Press

It’s not fair. I have two wonderful children who are safe and sound. There I sat in my cozy Seattle apartment, savoring a fresh blueberry bagel and a premium cup of coffee, wondering how I got so lucky, and wishing I could somehow bring 46 Haitian children back to life. Obviously I can’t, and neither can you. So, what can you and I do? The answer is simple: We must do what we can.

You may have already read the following excerpt from our new “ONE” book. But it’s a powerful reminder that, even before the earthquake struck, many Haitians survived on less than $2 per day. In comparison, you and I would seem to be living a life of royalty to them:

  • If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of the world’s population.

  •  If you have a little money in the bank or spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

  • If you can drink from your kitchen faucet whenever you want…you are more fortunate by far than 1.5 billion people who have no access to clean water at all.

  •  If you can attend a church or a political rally without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death…you have the kind of freedom denied to more than three billion people in the world.

  • If you can read this message, you are more blessed than two billion people who cannot read at all.

  • If your everyday problems are weighing you down, there are millions of people on earth who would gladly trade places with you right now—problems and all—and feel they have been blessed.

Remember: “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” The people of Haiti need our help. Right now, we are their hope. Please, look into your heart today, and then do what you can.

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If You Love Somebody…

by Dan Zadra · 01.04.2010

Sixteen years ago I was sitting at my kitchen table, hard at work. I was compiling a book of quotations from some of the world’s most admired and respected women. Rosie, my six-year-old daughter, was sitting quietly on the other side of the table, scribbling with crayons and paper.

“What are you up to?” I finally asked her.

“I’m writing quotes for your book,” she answered. “Here’s one.” And she handed me a piece of notebook paper. On it, she had carefully printed in green block letters this little thought: “If you love somebody, hurry up and show it.”

I didn’t say anything for a moment, I was letting her quote sink in. I liked it. It was just nine little words from the heart of a child, but I remember thinking, “Wow—what a world this would be if all of us actually lived by those simple words.”

Finally, Rosie looked sadly at me and said, “You hate it—don’t you?”

“No, Rose, I love it,” I assured her.

“Me too,” she smiled, and then she kissed me on the cheek and skipped off down the hall.

Rosie, age 6

Rosie, age 6

Time flies. Sixteen years later, Rosie has now graduated from college, and one of Compendium’s most widely circulated books is in its 4th printing. The book is still called Brilliance". It still features quotations from some of the world’s most admired and respected women. And there, on page 93, still nestled among the great quotations from Emily Dickinson, Margaret Mead, Mother Teresa , Maya Angelou and others is that same simple but beautiful reminder from Rose Zadra, Age 6: “If you love somebody, hurry up and show it.”

It’s true. Life is too short and too precious to keep our love to ourselves. Today, take a few moments to reach out and let your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones know that you love and care for them.

 

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