Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: Time - The Greatest Gift of All

Time - The Greatest Gift of All

Mother's Day is Sunday and the pressure is on. Turn on your TV, open the newspaper, tune in to your favorite radio station and you'll be barraged with ads from every conceivable business about the "perfect gift" for your mother.  Like so many "special occasions" Mother's Day has become a retail event, unfortuantely.

But, as a daughter and a mother, I can tell you that Mother's Day isn't about flowers, candy, or jewlery. It's about time. And no material gift can replace or compare with time spent together; time on the front porch talking about whatever comes to mind; time spent in the kitchen passing down family recipes; time spent looking through old photos and watching those scratchy home movies; time spent hearing the same stories we heard growing up; time spent...just being together.mothers day

I lost my mother to lung cancer in 1998 and even though it's been over 10 years now, and I miss her every day, this week leading up to Mother's Day is always bitter sweet. What I wouldn't give for one more day with her! I still have so many questions left many things I want to share with her. As a mother myself, I hope to spend some time with my own son who lives in a neighboring state. But, just beneath the surface, I'll still be the daughter, missing her mom.

This year, make Mother's Day something more than just an event for retailers. Make it a memory. Take a video camera and "interview" your mom. Talk to her about her childhood, her memories of growing up, how she met your dad, what you were like a kid. Ask her about her hopes and dreams...and her disappointments. If you don't have a video camera, use a tape recorder, then have it digitized onto a CD for safe keeping. Take pictures...especially pictures of the two of you together. My family wasn't big on photography and the concept of digital photography wasn't even on the horizon. So I have only precious few pictures of my mom...and none of the two of us together as adults. Now, whenever my son and I are together, I make sure to take photos so he'll have them in the years to come.

If you can't be with your mother on Mother's Day...maybe you live too far away to illness or other circumstances prevents's not too late to write a letter. Remember those? Not an email, or a Hallmark card with someone else's words....a hand written letter. Tell her what you admire most about her; something from your childhood that has stuck with you all these years; how you see life these days. Don't worry about what you'll say. Just start writing...the words will come.

If I had the chance, I think I would start by saying...

Dear Mom,

It's been way too long since we've talked. I have lots to tell you.....





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Comment balloon 2 commentsCarol Clay • May 07 2009 08:46AM


That is such a fantastic post, and how right you are about time truly being the ULTIMATE gift. Thank you for reminding me of this. Have a Happy Mother's Day, I am sure you deserve it.

Posted by David Width Jr. about 10 years ago

You are right. Time is so precious. Each moment we cannot relive or replace. Take it all in.

Posted by Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906 (Towne Adams REALTORS) about 10 years ago

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