Looking for a special way to show your mother you care this Mother’s Day? This year, go beyond simply signing a card and write your mother a real letter. Most of us have fallen out of the habit of writing letters, but a thoughtful letter from you will mean more to her than any store-bought card or gift ever could.
The first thing to remember is that you’re not writing a greeting card—you’re writing a letter in your own personal voice, expressing your own personal thoughts. There’s nothing your mom loves more than you, and she wants to hear your voice, not an imitation of someone else’s. Be yourself, and write about real things that matter to you.
But what exactly do you say? Start by exploring some memories you have of your mother. What little—or big—things did she do that have stayed in your memory? Do you have happy memories of spending time with her? What did she teach you that you especially value now? What activities did you enjoy together? These don’t have to be life-changing events. Everyday things like learning to cook or garden can mean a lot. Was there a time she comforted you when you were upset? A piece of advice that has turned out to be important? A time she made a sacrifice for you? Your most cherished memories might be things your mother doesn’t even know you remember. Sharing those with her will mean the world to her. If you let your mother know the difference she has made in your life, your letter can be something that she will treasure forever.
These dos and don’ts can help:
Don’t be shy about writing your mother a real, personal letter this Mother’s Day. Your mom loves everything you do. If she loved that macaroni and glitter collage you made, just imagine how much she’s going to love this letter. She might not tape it to the refrigerator, but you can be sure she’ll cherish it forever.