Happy Mother’s Day
Believe it or not but this year I’m not going to bother suggesting or even waste one second of your time trying to convince you to make a wise financial decision on Mother’s Day. I wrote the “let’s all be financially prudent” post a while ago but it didn’t go over well. Actually saying that it didn’t go over well is like saying the Titanic just sprung a little leak. My financially prudent Mother’s Day post was the Titanic of Mother’s Day posts – it sank big time.
So if for selfish reasons like the preservation of my ego, there’s not a chance that I’m going to be the Mother’s Day scrooge this year. In fact, I’m going to do the exact opposite. This year my suggestion is that you throw caution to the wind by spending the day with mom – where of all things – you encourage her to just go wild.
Momma Gone Wild
If I get my wish, this Mother’s Day will be the inauguration of the most epic reality TV show. The show will be titled “Mommas Gone Wild”. In order for my epic reality TV show to get picked up by a network, I need you to do something out of the ordinary for and/or with your mom.
On Sunday, your mission, should you choose to accept it will be to get mom to let her hair down – not just figuratively – but to convince your mom to let her hair down literally. I’m challenging you to do something with her that she will remember forever! At the very least, you are tasked with inspiring her to do something that she will undoubtedly remember for much longer than she will remember the gift of another floral arrangement, sweaters, and blouses, books and CDs, electronic gadgets, housewares or gardening tools, a day at the spa, jewelry and brunch or dinner.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Author and political activist Helen Keller once said: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing”. Despite Ms. Keller’s vision limitations, it appears Ms. Keller had no problem seeing what was truly important. To paraphrase Ms. Keller, what’s the point of living if life does not include adventure?
Ms. Keller’s description of life as an adventure: a journey, an exploration, a quest is the impetus for recommending that this Mother’s Day is spent doing something adventurous with and/or for the woman who gave you life. Let me repeat Ms. Keller’s profound words for the hardheaded children among us, “Life is either a great adventure or nothing”.
Was Blind But Now I See
Now that we are prepared to see life perfectly through the 20/20 lenses of a blind woman, I’ll share nine adventurous things you can do with your mom on Mother’s Day.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride – This an experience that might bring up some bad childhood memories. If you thought your mom’s lectures were a lot of hot air when you were a child odds are a hot air balloon ride with your mother is not the option for you. That’s just too much hot air in one place and at one time!
- Zip Lining – FYI: Zip lining is a form of entertainment not a way to get mom to be quiet. If you are looking for a way to get mom to “just zip it” and not a way to experience being transported from one location to another don’t bother zip lining. You would only be disappointed.
- Scuba Diving – It doesn’t matter if you live near an ocean, mom can learn to scuba dive. I’m told few things are more beautiful than seeing the world from the bottom of the ocean. Warning: Scuba diving is not recommended if you have one of those moms who obsesses over her hair.
- Horseback Riding Lessons – I’m told that women find horseback riding relaxing and invigorating. If you have a mom who is unusually uptight and could benefit from a good gallop off into the sunset, horseback riding lessons might be just what “the doctor” ordered.
- Riverboat Cruise – A riverboat cruise might not seem adventurous until you consider that many riverboat cruises encourage gambling. If your mom enjoys live music, song, dance, food and games of chance while floating in a casino, your nearest riverboat awaits.
- Private Horse and Carriage Ride – Most cities have private horse-drawn carriage rides. If your mom requires less stimulation than a horseback ride, take her for a private horse-drawn carriage ride. Bring a picnic basket filled with her favorites and make the ride extra special.
- Segway Tour – Like the private horse-drawn carriage rides, nearly every city offers Segway Tours. It’s likely that when you take a Segway Tour, you’ll learn some new things about your city and your mom. Segway tours are an excellent choice for moms who are allergic to exercise.
- Helicopter Tour – Go up into the big blue sky with your mom. A helicopter ride is a great way to see your city from a new perspective. You’ll really enjoy this if you have a talkative mom. Helicopters can be so noisy that you won’t be able to hear a word your mom is saying. Relief!
- Limousine Party Bus – Limousines aren’t just for proms and weddings. How about arranging a limousine party for your mom. Organize a mobile respite for mom and all her girlfriends who are moms. Mom gets to do something memorable and you get to do whatever you want to do.
You now have nine adventurous things you can do for mom on Mother’s Day. If you believe what Helen Keller said you’ll start planning to do one of the nine aforementioned things immediately. If not, you’ll do what you do every Mother’s Day. Be forewarned, chances are that in doing what you always do mom won’t even remember what you bought her or what you did the previous year.
Don’t let Mother’s Day be forgettable. Make Mother’s Day a perfect ten. Choose one of the nine things that will make mom feel alive and remind her that “Life is either a great adventure or nothing”. Happy Mother’s Day!
What was your most memorable Mother’s Day? What other adventurous ideas would you add to the list?