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The Best Mother’s Day Present


What is the best Mother’s Day present you can give? Time. Time out of your busy schedule; time out of your hectic life; time for just you and your mom. If your mother is still here on this great earth then make the time to see her. It doesn’t have to actually be on Mother’s Day, you can reserve that day for yourself to spend with your own children if you have them. If your mom has passed, then celebrate the day by sharing some of your favorite mom stories with your family. It’s how our history survives, pass it on.

Last weekend, I spent three days with my mom. I’m one of six daughters so it’s the rare visit that is solo. Usually, we all gather to celebrate a milestone or holiday but I scheduled this trip when I knew she hadn’t had a visitor in a while. When I walked into her assisted living apartment, I was greeted with her fabulous smile! She looked radiant. At 85, she’s as quick as a whip, knows more current events than a news desk and always has a kind word for everyone. It’s a pleasure to be in her company. When I see her, it’s like I look into my future, I’m her clone! Today, when I pass a mirror, I often think I’m looking at my mom, but it’s just me – appearing how she did many years ago at my current age.

So I whisked her off to a favorite restaurant and once we were seated, I said, I want to take a picture, a selfie. She’s not a ham by any stretch but she said, “Oh, okay, even the Pope takes selfies.” And what a great pic she took!


We had a terrific visit and took a journey to our old neighborhood. I grew up a block from the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey and spent many days swimming, sailing and boating in those waters. We always made our ‘beach camp’ on the street where we lived. Some of my best memories were spent on that beach, which we aptly named, Betty’s Beach, after my mom.


When I was a kid, my mom didn’t join us at the beach – there were 6 of us! No, she was happy to send us off to play in the water and sun and leave her to run her household. But still, it was and always will be Betty’s Beach. So I drove Mom to Betty’s Beach to look at the sand, watch the waves roll in and hear the gulls. It was the best Mother’s Day ever.

Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!






  • Barbi

    I enjoyed reading your blog today. Eileen, thanks for sharing your memories and new memories you’ve made with your mom. Happy Mother’s Day to you both.

  • marie zinno

    Beautiful sister! Betty will love this Mother’s Day tribute.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all of your readers.

  • Vicki Becker

    Lovely picture and memories.

  • Dawn Duke

    A lovely thought, a lovely way to spend the day, and a lovely reminder, of what it means to take the time, both for your mom, and for you to acknowledge all the great things large and small, you appreciate she has given you and your sisters. Happy Mothers Day

  • Linda Coletta

    Beautiful tribute, you are so fortunate to still have her. Keep making wonderful memories with her! Happy Mother’sDay to both of you and to all mothers!

  • Linda Lee

    My mom passed 2 weeks ago – so this is my first without her. I have remembering all our past Mother’s day and the very happy times we spent together and the days we just sat at remembered her past 85 years and all the fun stories she gave me. Cherish your days with your mom everyone. Get out and enjoy this Mother’s Day with your mom and your children.

  • Peggy Schroeder

    Hi Eileen,
    What a wonderful day you and your mother had. One of my daughters and family came Saturday, brought flowers to plant, and helped me clean up the yard a little. I lost my sweet husband 7 weeks ago to that awful cancer, so it was good to see them. Another way to help me feel better is to go to one of your seminars, so I, my cousin, and one of the friends I took last time are going to Sacramento to see and learn from you and Marie! We are all paid up, signed in, and whatever we need to do to go! I am looking forward to hving a fun time. This will be the THIRD time for me, the 2nd for my friend and the 1st for my cousin.

    Take care, and see you SOON.

    • eileenroche

      Oh Peggy, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I know all of you put up a terrific fight against that terrible disease. I wish you peace and comfort in the many memories you have of your life with him.

      I’m looking forward to seeing you in Sacramento! Happy Mother’s Day, Peggy.

  • Karen

    Thanks for sharing. Last time we saw my Mom was mother’s day 12 years ago, she died 4 days later. So glad we had all gone that day.

  • Terry F

    Such a beautiful story! Your Mom’s smile says it all. God bless you and your Mom!

  • becky3580

    What a precious gift our Mothers are to us!! What a wonderful tribute to your Mother! Cherish her every day, those days are precious and short.
    My FANTASTIC Mother passed away 10 years ago this past Monday and we buried her on the day before Mother’s Day. It was very bittersweet because when she was born, her Mother died 3 days after delivering her so she never knew her Mother BUT on this very special Mother’s Day 10 years ago we gave our Mother up so that she could finally get to be with her Mother forever more. I could not even imagine a better Mother, she was practically perfect. Proverbs 31:28 is true in her case. Sewing and embroidery makes me feel close to her and I know I will be with her again some day.
    I truly enjoyed your story about your wonderful Mother. Cherish every day you have with her!

  • mOm

    Eileen, great Mother’s Day Blog. I too had a Mom with a great smile and a kind heart. I miss her every day, she has been gone 10 years! I always spent days with her the same way. We went for rides to places she loved, visited friends and family. She loved coming out to my home and just sitting or helping in some way, folding whatever was in the dryer or drying the dishes. She was a great Mom and I am so glad I had all the moments with her! I too am lucky, for my Mother’s Day with my children and hubby yesterday was a wonderful day!!!

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