And the word is thanks...
For the working moms, the stay at home moms, the long distance moms, the moms who are in school, the single moms, the soccer moms, and every mom in between - thank you.
Because no matter how you do it, being a mom is an extremely important and admirable undertaking (and vice versa for all 2 of you dads reading this blog). As the owner of Tyler Mason put it to us yesterday, the job of a mom is to raise, encourage, teach and love the leaders of our tomorrow - the well rounded adults who will shape and change the future of our society. And that... is quite a load for anyone to carry on their shoulders. The mother's job begins before a child is born and, most may argue, never stops - even after the obligatory 18 years. They teach babies how to smile, clap and put food in their mouth; children how to share, play nicely and treat others kindly; teenagers how to take responsibility, deal with disappointment and find a place in the world. And don't even get us started on how much there is to learn from your mom about ADULTING. The daily phone calls about how to do just about everything are why a mom's job never ends. And we certainly do trust our owner's opinion on the matter, after raising three well rounded children while building TWO companies from the ground up.
So what job is more important than that of a mother, who is essentially the leader of tomorrow's leaders? We would argue that there isn't one. As a woman-oriented business, we have so many employees raising tiny humans while simultaneously building a successful career, maintaining a marriage and relationships, keeping a clean house with food in the fridge and somehow in the midst of all that - try to find a moment of peace for themselves. And frankly, according to this blog writer, I don't know how they manage to do it all.
Which is why we're saddened, but not shocked, when a mom comes to get her hair or nails done and says something along the lines of "I've never done anything like this for myself before," or "My kids are grown and out of the house so I'm finally scheduling some me time." It's too often the case that between all of her responsibilities, Mom isn't taking a moment to relax and recharge. We all know what it's like to run on fumes and let's be honest, we actually don't want the leaders of our future leaders running at anything less than full capacity.
So we're asking... do you think what Mom really needs this year for Mother's Day is another potted plant? Something to water and look after and basically turns into ANOTHER project? The correct answer is no, no she doesn't.
We think what she needs is an excuse from you - her significant other or former tiny (now fully grown) human - to take some time for herself... and a gift card for a pampering hair makeover or a relaxing spa service will do that without even saying a word. If you want to take it a step further (and you know her schedule), you can even book an appointment for her - an offer she can't refuse because she has one million other things to do. Take your mom's to do list, set it aside, and put a gift card in her hands instead for a more meaningful Mother's Day gift this year.
And may we say, THANK YOU and Happy Mother's Day to every single mom out there: our own moms, the ladies we work with who are moms, the moms who frequent our business and all the moms we don't know. You make the world go round.