If you DO want presents and pampering this year, you have our permission to put on your fancy hat and own it. I certainly did back in 2009. But if you’d rather get caught up on emails and laundry next Sunday (because: MAY), that’s OK too. Our Mother’s Day wish for you is that with each passing year it gets a little easier to tune into that part of yourself that knows its own worth and knows what it wants. Even if what it wants is to stay home.
For a while I believed that I could find a four-leaf clover on command; if I stopped long enough to look, I’d find one. And it held true for many years–I stopped counting the number I’d found, but considered myself a kind of shamrock savant, tucking this obscure skill away with other party tricks like remembering the birthdays of everyone I’ve ever known or (depending on how late the party went) proving I could still do the splits.
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We’ve seen it happen: Kids get older and holidays get tricker. Gone are the days of easily acquired, inexpensive, brightly colored plastic bringing guaranteed squeals of delight on Christmas morning. Gifts get pricier, and older kids don’t always want or need quite as much…stuff.
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