A Mother's Day Tradition with Meaning

For many years I’ve been blessed to be able to host Mother’s Day brunches that included three generations—my mother and my mother-in-law, my daughter, and myself. When my daughter became a mom six years ago and brought our first grandchild, there were four generations celebrating Mother’s Day.

In March, 2004 my beloved mother-in-law passed away at the age of 93. I knew it was going to be a difficult Mother’s Day for my husband without his mother. I wanted to do something meaningful that would both honor and remember our mothers.

I created a game for our traditional brunch that I called “Mother’s Day Not-So-Trivial Pursuit!” I composed a list of eight questions about our mothers and made copies for each person. After our meal, we wrote down our answers. When everyone was finished, we each took a turn reading what we wrote. We had such fun hearing the responses of each generation. It was the most memorable Mother’s Day we’ve ever had.

I encourage you to try this on Mother’s Day. You can adapt the questions for dads on Father’s Day! Here are the questions I used but you can certainly create different ones for your family.

•    Where was your mom born?
•    Name a close long time friend of your mom’s. How did they meet?
•    What advice did your mom give you?
•    What values did she teach you?
•    What is one trait of hers you admire?
•    Name one of her favorite interests, activities, or hobbies.
•    Where is one of your mom’s favorite travel destinations?
•    Name your mom’s favorite: sport, food, and music.

There are lots of ways to honor your mother on Mother’s Day. But showing her you know something about who she is may delight her in a completely new way. You might even learn something about her you never knew.




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