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You know her. Her spirit is the first thing people notice.
Her mind always had a mind of its own. Her heart, though it has sometimes been
hurt, bears a strong resemblance to a daffodil: it always flowers again.
We know her, too. She's the sister who follows her heart,
the mother who lives such a beautiful example, the friend who's a constant
source of inspiration. She's the coworker who brightens everything around her,
and the neighbor who always knows when to stop by with a surprise. She's
vibrant and spirited; she's brilliant and strong. And when we started thinking
about it, we realized there are so many women like her that we set to work on a
book that would celebrate and affirm these women and the wonderful things they
add to the everyday.
Writer M.H. Clark and designer Heidi Rodriguez created I Am Her with their own favorite women
in mind—mothers, sisters, best friends. They wanted the book to feel like a
collection of ideas and beautiful things—a scrapbook of poetry, quotations, and
images to prompt contemplation, creativity, and growth. It's a book
to read, a book to write in, a book to ponder, and a book to share.
We're so excited about this book that we're giving away
copies to five lucky winners who tell us who she is, and why she
matters so much. Is she traveling the world? Is she making big changes in her
life? Is she a bit of a dreamer, a dancer, a truth-teller? Nominate her here on
our blog, or on our Facebook page. Just make sure to tell us about her by
November 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST. Five lucky winners will receive two copies of
I Am Her—one to give away to the
person they nominate, and one to keep!
i am her
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.
Of all the gifts she gave us, please
The greatest of these
Were the memories.
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.