It’s the Superbowl of enforced nice treatment: Mother’s Day. This Sunday I look forward to sleeping in (what else is new…thank you Christopher!), getting a bouquet of garden flowers, and eating homemade breakfast.
In anticipation of the big day, I confess, a question at the top of my list is—what do I want to do? Granted, it’s a fair question. I plan on making my kids do things they hate (arts and crafts? a loooong bike ride?) before doing things they love: jumping on their grandparents’ new trampoline, swimming in their new Jacuzzi, and watching endless ball games on the big screen.
Sounds great, no? But so self-indulgent! Here’s an antidote to balance things out: Pick a cause, any cause. All of us want to heal the world. All of us want to help a mother who doesn’t have our blessings. All of us want to help children who don’t have the resources ours do.
You probably already have a cause you support. But in case you’re looking, here’s a few more I’ve come across who would accept donations in honor of your mother, or anyone you choose. Happy Mother’s Day, to everyone who takes care of someone.
Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions helps pregnant teenagers who choose to have their babies stop the cycle of poverty, violence (and teenage pregnancy) through intensive education and support. Contact MarniDiamond@roadrunner.com
Planeterra Foundation is a global non-profit dedicated to sustainable community development through travel and voluntourism, using micro-credit funds to help women start businesses to support their families. www.planeterra.org
For a few more, see the May issue of L.A. Family, p. 29, “Mother’s Day Gifts that Give Back,” (by the Editor, yours truly).
And Happy Mother’s Day.