We are being besieged with print, television and corny radio ads recommending the best mothers day gifts to buy for 2013. My two are actually singing marketing jingles! Not to mention the flurry of media encouraging you that it’s not too late to send that special something to your mom. Equation: fed ex + you = happy mom. Top trending treasures this year, according to the Huffington Post, are a collection of perfumes, spa packages and home-made coupons. My children generally gift me the wonderful treat of breakfast in bed AND an explosion of their remnants in the kitchen. So when I attempt to wipe the dripping bacon grease from the knobs of my oven, I will look around and take in the vision of the real mothers day gifts my kids have made and we have preserved, framed and collected over time. Our very own exclusive art gallery. My youngest (5) recently took a session of classes on Henri Matisse. When our children were born into a competitive sporting world my main focus had always been balance. What better way to soften the edge of competition than the beauty of art.
These treasures litter my breakfast nook, bonus room and anywhere else I spend the majority of my day. Hadley’s teacher requested a family field trip this year. Temporarily housed in the Nasher Museum Of Art At Duke University was a collection of Matisse’s work and the modern masters, compiled together from the Cone Sisters. Prior to attending the exhibit we added to our library list for the week, children’s books on Matisse. Knowledge is power. They had a couple of great ones.
On the back of one book was a quote, that even if I had read it a hundred times, I only seemed to absorb it just this one reading. It said:
What I had to do, I did – the best I could – Henri Matisse 1869-1954
Thank you for the gifts, your inner beauty and the heavenliness you create. It is something I treasure and in the end…..what I had to do, I did, the best I could is my offering back to you. I value you more than a Matisse masterpiece.