Monday, May 7, 2012

A Gift Idea

My family loves celebrating holidays, so we always start few days earlier than the big day. Quite often I hear some people complain about our culture of “monetizing” holidays, but these people are just grumpy and wrong – giving or receiving a present shoots a good dose of positive emotions into our hearts; and, most importantly, holidays remind us to think about the person or event that we are celebrating. Honestly, we are so wrapped up speeding through our lives, that we forget to turn to our loved ones and take a moment to hug them and tell them how much we love and appreciate having them in our lives. Luckily, we have birthdays and holidays to remind us. So no complaints, please!

As we celebrate our moms this Sunday, probably one of the most meaningful holidays, we should be happy to use the opportunity to think of her and give her something beautiful. But what? I know it may sound a little cliché, but gift giving is not about how much money we spend, but the thought. So, what should we think of? Should we go for the usual: take mom out to brunch, buy flowers, and write a card?
When I sat down to surf the Internet to get ideas as to what to give my mom, I thought of favorite gifts I have received from my boys – made possible by Varuzh, of course. After all, I have been a mom for twenty years! The first thing that popped in my mind was a Disneyland pass I got when Alex was about two. I remembered sitting Alex into his stroller every few weeks or so, and taking him to "the happiest place on earth". And every time, as we approached the gates of the fantasy world, my heart would almost jump out of my body from excitement! That was certainly a great gift and great bonding time for me and Alex.

Well, I don’t think my mom would enjoy tickets to Disneyland as much as I did. So I kept searching my memory and the Internet. I then thought that I could give her a little garden! When I started planting my garden few weeks ago, I put together a wooden box with soil and planted some of our favorite herbs – cilantro, red and green basil, rosemary, dill and onion chives. And I have to say that it was pretty awesome: I would cut fresh basil from my garden for my delicious Caprice sandwich, and freshly cut cilantro would add so much fragrance to salsa or white bean soup!

Maybe I should recreate my little herb garden for mom, I thought. Every time she would make her signature cottage cheese spread with dill and garlic, she could cut dill from a little garden I would plant for her. This is easy, very therapeutic, and will bring freshness to mom’s dishes for the entire summer. To create this gift– I would need another box, soil, organic fertilizer and mom’s favorite herbs. Viola. And, if my mom did not like herbs, I could plant a little flower garden for her, or cactus garden, or strawberry garden… The options are endless.

Oh wait - my mom reads all my blog posts! But I would hate to waste this post to avoid ruining the surprise. I better give her a call and tell her not to read this one... 

With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

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