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Mother's Day 2010, From Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico

This year Mother’s Day up north is celebrated Sunday, May 9th and May 10th here in Mexico.

It is an interesting comment on Mexican culture that there is no Father’s Day celebrated in Mexico, Mothers being the focus of most households.

There are many ways to make Mom feel special on this day and one of the greatest is time spent with her family. Take Mom out to a lovely lunch or dinner on her special day or cook for her at home.

Younger children could clean up their rooms, a foreign concept I realize for most teenagers.

Flowers are always a nice gift as is perfume, a new pretty nightgown, scarf or blouse. A good bottle of wine is a lovely gift as well.

Taking Mom out for a drive or to a movie would also be greatly appreciated and anything you made her with your own two hands would be very well received.

When we first came to Ajijic, LakeChapala in 1994 Mother’s Day in Mexico was a very big deal. We would be invited to the school where the kids would put on a wonderful talent show for us complete with poems written to honor Mom and homemade refreshments were served. Special cards and presents were made and given and there was seldom a dry eye in the house. A splendid event, if you ask me.

At church Mother’s are also honored and asked to stand and be recognized. Recognition ceremonies are always popular and make the honoree feel very special indeed.

A special card is always gratefully received and is something that can be treasured for years to come. Telling Mom how important she is and what she means in your life will always bring a smile to her face.

Some of us are not with our Mothers for Mother’s Day, so Ecards can be sent online and also flowers can be ordered online and delivered anywhere in the world. I sent flowers online with FTD for my sister’s birthday in March and she was thrilled. Other gift suggestions are also available online for every budget.

Those of us, who no longer have our Mothers with us on earth, can say a special prayer for them and thank them for everything they did for us and for their unconditional love and support always. It is nice to add how much you love them and miss them everyday, if hopefully, this is the case.

Phone calls, now anywhere in the world are extremely inexpensive with Skype or Vonage and hearing from your children on Mother’s Day is a wonderful treat. With the addition of a webcam Mom can also see your beautiful faces.

There are many ways to honor Mom and show her how much you love her but if you are lucky enough to be in the same place the time spent with you will mean the most.

This year my husband is going to Toronto and along with one of his brothers from North Carolina so all her five children can be with her on Mother’s Day. This is going to be a surprise and I am sure she will be delighted that her boys traveled so far just to let her know how much they love her and how much she means to them.

So whatever you choose to do to show your Mom how special she is it will be appreciated. Don’t forget your Mom thinks you are the most wonderful, talented, smart, funny and unique person in the world. Show her that her confidence in your in not misplaced.

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