Valentine’s Day has always been a special day in my household. But not because of the reason you may think…
Valentine’s Day is my mom’s birthday.
My mother is one of the most loving, sweetest people you will ever meet, so it’s quite fitting that her birthday is on Valentine’s Day. She took her job as a mom seriously and was a wonderful mother to my brother and I. She always welcomed our friends into our home and treated them with love. She took time to get to know them and genuinely cared about how they were doing. Some of our friends still keep in touch with her.
When I was a tween, Mom used to let me put ponytails in her hair so that I could learn how to do my own hair. After I was done, I would laugh at her and she would say, “Why are you laughing? Did you make me ugly?” I’m laughing now just thinking about those crazy ponytails going north, south, east, and west! It wasn’t so much that I made her look ugly (that’s not possible), but the idea of seeing your mom in ponytails is pretty funny!
Red, pink, and white carnations were sold on Valentine’s Day when I was in middle school. One year, I had the bright idea of buying carnations for my mom on her birthday. I got money from my dad to buy 4 of them. I took extra care to make sure that they didn’t break during the course of the day in my locker or on the bus ride home. Mom always seemed to think that my small gift was so nice.
I would imagine that it would be strange to have a birthday on Valentine’s Day…or any holiday for that matter. But my mom never seemed to care about always getting flowers, school valentine’s day projects, or things that were red on her birthday.
When my mom turned 50, I decided to throw her a surprise birthday party. I got my Dad, Aunt and a few other family members and friends involved. I bought a cake with her picture on it and decorated a private room at a restaurant.
I had already told my mom that we were going to meet my boyfriend (now my husband) at a restaurant for dinner, but I had to stall some time. I took my mom to the mall and hung out there until all of her guests arrived at the restaurant. When I got the “we’re ready” call from my brother, I told her that we had to go because my boyfriend (husband) was already at the restaurant.
When we got to the restaurant, I told her that he was in the room behind the curtain and I asked her to go ahead and open the door. When she opened the door, she got the surprise of her life.
Over 40 family members and friends were standing in the room and shouted, “Happy Birthday!!!!!!”
She was so surprised that it freaked her out a little bit. She screamed and ran away! It was so funny!!! To this day, I have no clue what she was thinking.
That night was so special. She received a lot of nice gifts from family and friends. People got a chance to tell her how much they loved her and how much they cherished her friendship. Mom and I sat up til the wee hours of the morning, talking about how nice her surprise party turned out.
Mom still talks about her surprise party, even though it was many, many years ago. It was a day she’ll never forget. And I won’t forget it either.
I’m so thankful to God for blessing me with my mother. I just hope that I can be as loving to my son as my mom has been and continues to be towards me.
Make sure you take some time on Valentine’s Day to tell your mom how much she means to you.