I reached into the cabinet to grab a mug for the Keurig last week & there it was: My favorite all-time Mother’s Day gift. A white ceramic mug with a blue interior, all decked out with circa 1980 blue & mauve wallpaper on the background & a grapevine wreath. It would probably be considered hideous by today’s trendsetters, but it to me it is as rich as the coffee I have savored from its curved brim.
Why? Who gave it to me?
The truth is, I gave it to myself in 1988–my first Mother’s Day as a single parent. My divorce was final, my children were with their dad for the weekend & I was a mom utterly alone till 3 pm. I lived in a tiny apartment with blank white walls & I would have loved a kitchen with blue & mauve wallpaper & a grapevine wreath, but I settled for an affordable three dollar mug instead. It was a gift to me! From me! For being my own woman and to celebrate my single mothering. My little mug is a monument to the struggles and joys of being a single mom. It is as important to me today as a remarried mom with grown kids as it was then because it marks in history the day I recognized my own importance on Mothers Day…and everyday!
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