I have mentioned several times before how I love to incorporate traditions to help establish our family legacy. However, Mother’s Day seems to cause a hiccup. This year instead of staying in pity party mode for my own inequities of this day, I have decided to establish a plan (of course) to make Mother’s Day a lasting legacy in our home.
I have recently been thinking about the importance of heirlooms. None have been handed down to me. Well, I do have my dad’s favorite Diamondbacks shirt that I wear on the Home Opener every year, but aside from that, I do not have anything else tangible that represents either of my parents or grandparents for that matter. I, myself, am very low maintenance and do not own anything that would break my heart if I lost it, except for my wedding ring. That may be from years of bouncing from place to place, living out of a back pack in my late teen years.
I have been brainstorming ideas and even though I may be starting from scratch, you may decide to add a few of the following to your own legacy.
*My most valued book is my Bible. I’ve decided to rotate through a couple of different ones, reading each one with a certain child in my mind. I want to be able to make notes, thoughts, and prayers knowing (praying) that one day that child will be reading from my Bible.
*I also plan on leaving notes in cookbooks, several different books of poems, and other books I deem to be a great read.
*I started a binder for my daughter a couple of years ago that contains print outs of recipes she and I have made together, including our Thanksgiving feast. I write little notes marking special memories or how the dish turned out. I plan on doing this for my other daughter as well.
*For my son, I plan to start a collection of recipes of his favorite meals. It seems that we all have ideas of how food is supposed to be cooked and taste. Even the simplest of meals is made different from family to family.
I would then give the collection to his future bride as a bridal shower gift. A passing of the torch, if you will.
3.) Love Notes:
*Every time I make my kids a school lunch I send a little note along inside. I often find these notes at the bottom of their backpacks or in their pant pockets. It makes me smile to know they cared enough not to throw them away. I started to stash them away in an envelope and will eventually do something with them.
*I always say I want to write down the story of their birth. I have told them each their own stories several times and they are always so fascinated by it. I would love for them to have it in my own handwriting.
*A scrapbook or journal chronicling their life, with little remarks is on my to do list as well.
I know that these things are things of the future and Mother’s Day is like tomorrow. However, deciding on these future heirlooms opens the door for great Mother’s Day gifts to me, from my children, year after year. I have struggled with the whole getting gifts on Mother’s Day thing in the past. I am determined to put the past in the past and start a new. In fact this year, I handed my Mr. C. a list that included a cookbook and a book of poems the kids could get me. How much more precious will the day be on my daughters first Mother’s Day when I get to give her a book she bought me, with my words of wisdom. Told you I’m a planner!
Well some of these things may be obvious or second nature to you, but I have to strain my brain to be conscious of the huge impact something so simple as saving a handwritten note can make in my children’s future.
What heirlooms have been handed down to you and what do you intend to hand down to your children?
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