Best Bets: Mother’s Day in the Triangle
Show the mother figure in your family how special she is to you.
Mother’s Day is closing in fast–it’s always the second Sunday in May, and this year that’s May 9. As a mom myself, I can say that mothers want to feel appreciated, loved and pampered, but we’re all different. As for the specifics of how to help the mother figure in your household feel these things, well that’s entirely up to you, but here’s a list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
If you want to start with flowers, fancy chocolates or even baseball tickets, we’ve got you covered. But spending no money at all is absolutely acceptable, too. Take a nature walk at one of the many wonderful parks in Wake, Durham or Orange counties. Smell the flowers, have a contest to see who can find the most birds or bugs, hold hands, make wishes on dandelions.
Many Triangle museums are open and free to visit. The North Carolina Museum of Art is open and admission is free for most of the facility. Do make a reservation, as they are required so visitors can adhere to social distancing recommendations. Check out the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and make sure to walk through the “Celebration of Women in Science” exhibit. Learn about the local culture at the “Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas” exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
If you don’t necessarily trust yourself in the kitchen to prepare a meal for your special person, lots of area restaurants have special menu items and seatings for Mother’s Day. Find out what her favorite spot is, and they probably have something she’ll love. Feeling clueless? Try favorites like Flying Biscuit Café, Tupelo Honey, one of Brigs’ five locations, Chef’s Palette, Plates Kitchen or Taverna Agora. Most importantly, restaurants are offering dine-in and takeout options so everyone can feel as safe as possible in the COVID environment. Barcelona Wine Bar is even offering a wine and chocolate take home kit. If my own family is reading this, please remember my fondness for the “Creamy Dreamy Grits” from Flying Biscuit Café.
Moms, stepmoms, aunts–whoever fills the role of mother for you–all appreciate and cherish handmade keepsakes. Decorate a picture frame commemorating the day, make a homemade card or cute handprint for her to save. It’s all about the love, after all. Take a task off her shoulders by doing one of her many chores; my own adult child made several dinners for me to keep in the freezer recently. This was one of the best gifts ever because it really lightened my load.
Above all, the takeaway is this: think about what your own mother figure might like and run with it. As long as you choose your gift with love and care, she’ll feel as special as she really is.