Hug Your Mom

Go ahead. Do it now. I’ll wait. 

I was going to wait to post this until later in the week but I just don’t think this is something that should ever have to wait. 

Because yeah, Mother’s Day is a good time to celebrate your mom. Take her out to lunch, buy her flowers, generally take care of her. But you should be doing that everyday. Because growing up, it was everyday that she took care of you. 

Moms are so important. And before you jump on the comments section, fathers are important too. (Their day just isn’t this Sunday, that’s all). Moms make us laugh and wipe our tears and do stuff that we don’t want to do – just to help us out. (See vacuuming up spiders, making doctor’s appointments, and oh I don’t know, wiping our own butts.) 

They deserve more than a day, but if that’s all that you have to give them, then make it count. Hug them, and kiss them, and tell them that you love them. Even if it hasn’t been awhile since they heard it. Even if it’s been forever. 

And if you don’t have a mom, or your mom isn’t with you, or your mom’s just not a person you want in your life, hug a friend’s mom. I guarantee she’ll appreciate it.

It’s The Sap–Sappiest Season of All

I’m a sensitive person. I tear up a little when Oprah gives things to people. I smile uncontrollably and coo when I see baby animals do something cute. I see it as a personal attack when people don’t say, “have a nice day!” You know, I’m just a little thin-skinned. (Okay, okay, I have paper skin of the same hue, but let’s not split hairs.)

But thankfully and magically, the holidays have changed that (or at least, they have made my affliction less noticeable). Around this time of year, I am suddenly surrounded by a cloud of sentimentality from the people I interact with daily. What is it about this season (the end of one year, the beginning of the next) that makes people bust out their tissues and tell you how they really feel about your relationship? Like, if I don’t see you for the rest of 2014, I need you to know that I really enjoyed your company for the past 360 days. Could this be the result of the proximity of our loved ones? Or possibly some commercialism brainwashing?

Wherever it comes from, I think it is wonderful. Finally! says the CareBear inside of me, Finally, we’re expressing our feelings in a meaningful way! Group hug, everyone! No, come on, get in here and get your pipin’ hot slice of love!

And I do love it. I’m so thankful that people are a bit more free with their feelings, a little bit sappier around this time, so their loved ones and acquaintances receive some type of acknowledgement for everything in the past year. After all, everyone wants to be reminded of what their presence means to someone. That’s a no-brainer.

But what isn’t a given for everyone is that he or she will have another year to spend with you. So, don’t forget to spread the love around more than once every December. Remind your friends, family, employees, and acquaintances that you are glad that you’ve crossed paths on this great journey of life. Believe me, you’ll be happy you said something when you did.

Author’s note: I will not be posting for the rest of the week, but I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Love, BaileyDailey