As a mother in a world of work meetings, baseball schedules, and children vomiting in my car (yes, sadly that occurred this week with two feverish children in the house), a full night's sleep and a day with no agenda would make my Mother's Day complete.
As a daughter though, I always struggle with what to give to my mother as a heartfelt Mother's Day gift. Flowers, handmade cards, picture frames, scrapbooks, cooking gadgets, brunches, jewelry.....even a foot massager have come her way over the years. How do I celebrate Mom this year in a simple, yet creative way? I'm making her a Mother's Day Mix Tape. (I guess since we are no longer in the 1980's, an iTunes playlist would be more appropriate here.)
Music is a powerful thing. According to Elena Mannes of The Power of Music, scientists discovered that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. Think of the memories that get stirred in your brain when you listen to a song from your childhood, a past relationship, or your favorite dance tune.
So, here is an excerpt from my Mom's mix tape to help get you started. A few are standard tributes to her being a strong woman and loving mother, while others are personal favorites from childhood or memories of time we spent together.
To the woman who raised 4 kids, cultivated a successful career in education, gave back to her community, and could somehow put the fear of God into you simply by uttering the words "You're finished" when you were in trouble, Happy Mother's Day!
Mom's Mix Tape
- Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
- I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
- Superwoman - Alicia Keys
- Your Song - Elton John
- I am Woman - Helen Reddy
- I'm Every Woman - Whitney Houston
- Find a Way to My Heart - Phil Collins
- You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
- My Girl - The Temptations
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
- Wild Child - Enya
And a few personal favorites. I can still smell Mom's pot roast cooking in the oven while watching WGN's "Family Classics" with Frazier Thomas....
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Wizard of Oz
- Edelweiss - The Sound of Music
- Rainbow Connection - The Muppet Movie
- Shall We Dance? - The King and I
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