For many Americans, this May 10 will be a Mother's day like no other. Usually, I honor my mom on this day by giving her a small gift or going out with her for a meal. However, this year as we are stuck in our homes due to social distancing, we are forced to acknowlege the actions that are beyond buying items, but are personal expressions that recognize the value of our mothers in a personal, unique, and truly individual way.
This year, there are still ways we can show our mothers how much we care about them. After all, Mother's Day originated as a day to celebrate hard working mothers. All the nice presents are great, but due to the difficulty of buying gifts in today's circumstanses, we must instead find new ways of honoring our mothers with love and respect for all their hard work.
As an American Muslim teen, my religion teaches me to cherish and respect my mother. Whenever I stumble upon this verse of the Holy Qur'an I am constantly reminded of the love and devotion I owe to my mother eveyday. The Qur'an states, "Thy Lord has commanded, worship none but Him, and show kindness to parents," (17:24).
While this Mother's Day will be completely different from previous one, here are still five ways we can appreciate our mother this mother's day.
1. Cook a meal
Offer to cook your mom her favorite food. If she taught you a recipe, prepare it for her. Your mother will not forget your delicious meals or your care and attention.
2. Clean the house
Some moms respond best to acts of service, and the best ways to show appreciation to them is to get out and do something for them. Show you care by mowing the lawn, washing the dishes, or vaccuming the house. Allow your mom some time to relax. Make her feel important; let her her know that what you're doing for her is a gift freely given out of love.
3. Make your mom a bouquet
While going to the store may be difficult during this pandemic, you can still get creative. Go pick some flowers from your backyard and have fun arranging them in different styles.
4. Watch a movie or TV show with your mom
Moms sometimes like to be appreciated with fun things to do also. Never rule out that she wouldn't enjoy watching a movie or TV show with you. Make sure to also prepare a bowl of popcorn!
5. Make your mom a card
Get out some paper and markers. Write and decorate the card with a heartfelt message telling your mom how much you appreciate her.
As Mother's Day comes and passes, let us hope that we can also continue to carry out these simple acts not just on Mother's Day, but everyday of the year!