Traditions can be anything. One of my husband’s cousins said she and her brother used to keep their rooms spotless on Mother’s Day, and then go to church and lunch with their mom. My sister in law does an early movie with her kids and a brunch date with them and her mom, followed by a day of relaxation at home. She enjoys some quiet time with her family and just takes in the scenery.
I will say I was one of the lucky ones. I had the pleasure of being raised by three kind, beautiful and strong women: my mom, my aunt, and my grandma (kind of like bonus moms). They showed me what the love between mothers and daughter truly looks like.
It was always a big holiday in our house. I still remember the flowers my grandfather and mother would bring my grandmother on that Sunday morning. Sometimes my mom would treat them to a day in the city followed by a favorite restaurant. Or when I was born we would always make our way to the Botanical Gardens and appreciate the flowers and the time spent. City Island was always a big one for us too. I think my grandmother’s greatest joy came from us enjoying the day with her.
So many traditions that were started have now continued on. This made me really look at the traditional side of things and realize just how special it is to have something to look forward to every year, and reminisce on the previous years.