Mother’s Day Gift from Appliances Online

May 1st, 2013

May Day! Mother’s Day is only 12 days away, and Appliances Online would like to give a Planting Dandelions reader a $100 Amazon gift card to give to your Mom, a Mom you love, or just splurge on yourself.

I don’t like to make anyone work for a gift, so we’ll keep this simple as usual: to be eligible for a random drawing, just leave a comment, and we’ll let random.org pick a winner Sunday, May 5, at noon. But I would love for you to volunteer something you cherish about your mom.

Here are some of the Mother’s Day testimonials I hope will remain on my permanent record:

“I love you Mom, and when you are not there, I miss you, Mom. I love you.”

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 “Dear Mom, we all love you because you help with everything.”

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“Dear Mom, you are the best Mom I could probably ever have.” Probably.

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And this. “The important thing about my Mom is that she loves me.”

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What’s the important thing about your Mom?


Disclosure: Appliances Online is an online retailer based in the United Kingdom. They offered to sponsor this reader giveaway in exchange for a link to their website. Sadly, they did not offer to send me an AGA cooker for Mother’s Day, or dispatch Jamie Oliver to fix me breakfast in bed, but they seem charming nonetheless. Good luck!

29 Responses to “Mother’s Day Gift from Appliances Online”

  1. Corrine says:

    One of the things I cherish about my Mother is her love for tradition, which she has passed on to me throught the years.

  2. Betsy says:

    I adore my mom! She has always been my mom first, but now that I’m all grown up we have an amazing friendship as well. Plus, she has a wicked sense of humor.

  3. Tina says:

    My mom is such a hard worker! I feel like she puts me to shame! 🙂 I love how she’s always willing to help ANYONE and how she loves to read to the boys.

  4. Olivia says:

    My mom was the best! She was a SAHM to seven of us (I was the oldest). I know now, with six of my own children, how hard days can be trying to keep a household managed and together without everyone going crazy! I talk to her every single day and she’s always been the one true person I go to for advice.

  5. Noelle says:

    My favorite thing about my mom has been her 100% positive attitude through 2 battles with breast cancer. It was like it never crossed her mind that she wasn’t going to make it, though I’m sure at night, when her mind had time to race it likely did.

  6. jerusalem says:

    I love that my mother loves to laugh, will still come take care of me when I am sick, and is an amazing grandmother to my boys!

  7. carolyn says:

    This Mother’s Day is my mom’s birthday as well. It will be the first of these occasions that we will be without her sweet smile. She passed peacefully away last July. The greatest gift she ever gave to me was the way in which she died. I had always expected to be a basket case whenever that time would come but Mom gave me time to adjust to the eventual loss…she was after all 88 years old and in her words “It has to happen sometime.” She went from living alone in her own apartment to palliative care in less than a month. During that month I was able to see that her body was letting her down although her mind was sharper than my own. We were at first told to make arrangements for longterm care as she would be totally bedridden for what could be as long as 2 years! This would have been intolerable for her (and she knew for us as well). She was included in all decision-making concerning her care and consented to being moved into palliative care for what medical staff felt would be a temporary stay to improve her overall condition. Immediately her sense of relief was evident. Within 4 days she left us forever but she made them the most amazing 4 days of my life. Weak as she was, she was able to speak very little. But when she did it was with humour. She was the first to acknowledge that she was dying and in doing so drove “the elephant from the room”. We were free to express our feelings and I kept assuring her that I “would be alright”. I said it so often and so convincingly that I convinced myself! I truly am alright. “Mary the Most Marvelous Mom”, as my sister dubbed her, had given me that month to realize that “it does have to happen sometime” and that her “sometime” had arrived. I was with her when she passed and it was as peaceful a passing as I could have wished for her. If everyone could have such an amazing experience as mine fewer people would be afraid of death and dying. Thank-you Mom. My hear smiles when I think of you.

  8. carolyn says:

    That should have read “My heart smiles when I think of you.” And it is true. I feel a special warmth inside.

  9. My mom is great becasue she shows me sympathy, loves to talk with me and hear about my life, and keeps telling me great stories about how she was an awesome mother to my younger self, which helps me be an awesome mother to my own daughters.

  10. Stacey says:

    My mother gave me many, many wonderful experiences and made my childhood beautiful with her calm and soothing, nature. I value very much the literate life she gave me. I love books, writing and words so much because of her love of them, as well as music and fine and performing arts. Thanks, Mom!

  11. My mom taught me to look squarely at whatever is in front of me!

  12. Karen says:

    My mother has always been there and available to talk about even the hardest things to talk about. But I don’t think I ever realized how important she was, or how much she gave to us, until I had a daughter of my own. Since she was born (my mom’s 1st grandchild), our family is closer than ever and my mom has become an inseparable part of my life. And another interesting thing has happened: my critical mother has complimented me several times recently in regards to something I’ve done for or with our baby. Perhaps she has also realized how special our relationships is in light of this new person who now shares it with us 🙂 I hope to share this with my daughter and continue the family traditions of sharing and being there for one another.

  13. juliloquy says:

    Thank you for the contest. I think the best thing about my mom is the way she accepted me and believed in me. One story: When I was young and with her at a sewing shop, I noticed that some of the spools of thread were misshelved. I decided to fix it. A shopkeeper bustled over and asked me not to “mess them up.” I didn’t have the composure to stand up for myself and explain what I was doing, but my mom believed in me and defended me.

    As a mother, I need to remember to do this, too.

    Cheers.

  14. shawn says:

    my mother taught me that it is ok to be different. and a bonus if you are creative.

  15. Melissa Clough says:

    I lost my mother suddenly in September so this will be my first Mother’s Day without her. As a mom to a very charming and wonderful 3.5 year old who was the apple of my mom’s eye, it is hard to believe I will go through the majority of MY life as a mom without my own. She was my rock, my guide, my comfort. I am devastated and yet know she gave me a solid foundation and taught me how to be an amazing mom. She was the best and the best Nana too. We lover her always and miss her every minute of every day.

  16. Patty says:

    My mom taught me to trust my authentic self and gave me the confidence to express my self.

  17. Lori says:

    She took care of my family while I went through nursing school and now takes care of Dad while he battles cancer.

  18. Mami2jcn says:

    My mother-in-law is a wonderful cook!

  19. Jana says:

    My mom always thinks of others first.

  20. Meg says:

    My mom is thriving at 66 years young. She works at a university, plays raquetball on Saturdays and is, in some way, creative every single day. One would never guess the difficult childhood she survived or the unexpected divorce she experienced. My mom teaches me how to be young.

  21. lomagirl says:

    My mom taught me to be a strong woman. She also has taught me that 75 is not so old- she has more energy than I do!

  22. janewilk says:

    My Southern mama is wonderfully creative (but does not believe this about herself), a great cook (but thinks she’s just putting food on the table), and was a great parent when I was growing up (but felt like she was just doing what moms do). I am really lucky she is my mom.

  23. Iceberg says:

    At 86 my Mom is losing her short term memory and knows it. It’s amazing what a sense of humour she has through all this, even though it surely has to be frustrating for her. I cherish every day I spend with her.

  24. Hele R says:

    She taught me to be myself and to not follow the crowd.

  25. So many things I love about my mom – she is the steady current in my life. Right now I love that we meet for coffee every single week; it gives us 45 minutes or so to just talk between ourselves – no kids, no husbands. It’s wonderful.

  26. Carrie says:

    My mama is strong, sensitive, beautiful, and she drives me completely crazy.

  27. alianora says:

    My mom has put up with my family’s weirdness for years! Kudos for her, because we’re all nuts!

  28. Lisa says:

    Moms sure are awesome!

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