How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Quarantine

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and many of us have been thinking about how we can make this day special during the quarantine. Although circumstances can be challenging right now, this pandemic has helped us appreciate the value of life and those around us. This year, we want to help by providing you with tips on how to make your day enjoyable and memorable with your mom. Keep reading…

The Value of Mothers: A Personal Reflection
Mother’s Day is a day to appreciate the value and contribution of our mothers. In the rat race that we run every day, we often take our mothers for granted. We love them but we do not feel the need to express it to them.

I was one of them until a few years ago.

Not too long ago, my mom called me unexpectedly. I could tell she was trying her best to sound strong when she broke the news to me. She had been diagnosed with cancer. It was as if the ground had slipped from under my feet. I started to panic as I confronted the possibility of losing her. She quickly started to comfort me, “it’s okay, I’ll be fine, everything will be fine”. Leave it to my mother to console me even at a time like this.

Two days after the call, I was on a plane heading over to see her. During my 18-hour flight, I was only thinking about one thing – God please give my mother some more time. On that flight, I thought about all the times I had been too busy to make time for her. I was too preoccupied with planning for my future and thinking long-term that I forgot how fragile life can be. We are all mortals at the end of the day and no matter how much we plan the future, we cannot predict it. I made a pact to myself that day to not miss another moment or occasion to celebrate my loved ones.

So, cherish every moment you have with your mother – on May 10th and onwards. A moment spent with the ones you love will never be the one that you regret. However, I can assure you that if you miss out on these opportunities, you may regret that more than you’d think.

Here are the few tips to make your Mothers Day special during this quarantine period.

1. Spend some quality time with her:

This the best gift you can give to your mom on this special day. Call off all your meetings and spend some quality time with her. If you are away, you can facetime or call. If you live in the same city, visit her from outside the building and have a chat. Talk about your childhood and revive memories of the times which you spent together. You always talk to her about how you’re doing, so this time, make the conversation about her. How has she been? How does she pass her time? What’s been on her mind lately?

2. Express your feelings:

Let her know how much you appreciate her contribution to your life. You don’t need to be good with words to speak to your mom about how much you love and value her. Try to think of specific examples of times when she did something for you that you know no one else would.

When you are a mother, you are never alone in your thoughts.
A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
-Sophia Loren

3. Give her a gift:

A gift for your mother does not need to be expensive, it needs to come from the heart. A mother will not be as impressed by how much you spent on a present as she will be by the amount of thought and effort you put into it. Think about her preferences and needs before choosing a gift.

4. Schedule off the whole day:

If you can, dedicate the full day to your mother. Plan the entire day starting from breakfast to dinner based on her interests. Make sure to make the arrangements in advance! During this pandemic, it will not be easy to do the traditional outings with your mother but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t make this day special.

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing
Else in the world. It knows no law, no pity,
It dares all things and crushes down
remorselessly all that stands in its path.
-Agatha Christie

5. Make her a meal:

Instead of taking her out for brunch like you do every year, deliver a homemade breakfast or lunch to your mother! She has cooked for you for years. So today, how about you cook for her?  I promise you, there are recipes on the internet for all levels of cooking experience. Check out this source for dinner ideas!

For the young readers who currently live with their mothers, use this opportunity to make your mom some breakfast in bed! Let her sleep and make her an easy to make yet delicious breakfast (eg. pancakes, eggs, toast, a bowl of fruits with her favorite tea or coffee). Prepare a nice table and enjoy the breakfast with her in your backyard or surprise her by serving the breakfast in bed. Do not forget to put some flowers and your handmade card with it! You can also make her a special dinner and set up the dining table and give her a menu to make it feel like a real restaurant.

6. Order her favourite food online:

Order takeout for lunch from her favorite restaurant. Most of the restaurants offer online ordering and delivery options during this quarantine period. This way, even if you’re halfway across the world, you can treat your mother to a good meal.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a mother.” – Unknown

7. Bring the spa at home:

Turn her bathroom into a spa by preparing a relaxing bath for her with her favourite bath bombs, detoxifying bath salts and/or with essential oils. Give her a special treatment by doing her pedicure or manicure and make it a lavish selfcare day.

8. Do dance routines or workouts together:

Enjoy your time together while doing some physical activities. Doing dance routines together is a great way to have fun while making sure you stay healthy.

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
– E. M. Forster

9. Play games:  

Play board games or party games with the whole family to have some fun while bonding.

10. Enjoy virtual events together:

You cannot step out of the house but still can see the world’s best museums like Louvre Museum Paris or enjoy Virtual Safari tours or take virtual classes within the comfort of your homes.

Many artists are streaming live music so enjoy the virtual concerts together while you are still home.

The truth is that no matter how old we are,
as long as our mothers are alive, we want our mother.
And it’s a very powerful relationship if it’s healthy.
– Goldie Hawn

11. Watch a movie/show with her on Netflix: 

Even if you’re not with your mother right now, you can still watch Netflix with her. Netflix Party allows you to start your videos together and even allows for a group chat option! You can also call her on facetime during the movie so it really feels like you’re watching together.

“A mother is she who can take the place
of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
-Cardinal Meymillod

If you need more ideas like these, read our post on 60 ways to make the most of your quarantine.

It does not matter how you spend your day with her, the important thing is to stay with her and make her feel special. Let her know you value her unconditional love and affection.

If you have an estranged relationship with your mother, then this is the best time to resolve any issues. This is an amazing opportunity to reach out. We recognize that not everyone has a positive relationship with their mother and for those, this day may be a distressing reminder of their painful childhood memories. Our hearts reach out to you. This may be a day that you wish to celebrate other mothers in your life – your wife, sister, friend, aunt, or anyone else.

“A mother is the truest friend we have,
when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us;
when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
when friends desert us;
when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us,
and endeavor by her kind precepts
and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness,
and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
-Washington Irving

Just remember – every day is Mother’s Day. It’s your job to appreciate her, respect her, and show her your gratitude every single day of the year. She is the first person we know, and she is the reason for our existence.

Create memories with her so that you can remember her through those memories when she is not there. You lose a friend, a teacher, a philosopher, and a guardian forever when you lose your mother. So, treasure every moment with her and make most of every second.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
—Rudyard Kipling

Happy Mother’s Day!

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