Mother's Day is this Sunday, a day to show off the love and appreciation you feel for your mom, aunt or grandma.
Some extra planning and coordination will surely make her feel special, but by now, I've got it covered: Her favorite restaurant has dinner reservations with her name on it. Her gift is tucked neatly within the folds of tissue paper that line a floral printed gift bag - a heartfelt card rests on top. And an order for a big, bright bouquet of her favorite flower has been placed at the local floral shop for pick-up.
Regardless of the way you decide to celebrate, Mother's Day should highlight that extra bit of appreciation felt for all moms - of course, not to exclude the mother of all things living and green, Mother Nature.
She's the mother to all trees, streams, shrubs and grubs; her beauty and grace deserves your attention throughout all seasons of the year. Although occasionally temperamental, Mother Nature is one to thank for the natural resources available to our ever-growing population: the natural foods we eat the fresh water we drink, the cool shade we value and the green grass on which we tread.
Now is the time to fully enjoy and appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer. It's a time when flowers are blooming, trees are greening and grass is growing - time to absorb the warm sun rays and dance in the rain.
What better time to direct your attention to the natural world than today, National Public Gardens Day? An annual holiday celebrating America's public gardens, National Public Gardens Day raises awareness of gardens' roles in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces and education - a message coinciding with the awareness Mother Nature deserves this Sunday.
Eager to get outside for the sake of appreciating Mother Nature and her provisions? Take a walk through Mother Nature's parks and gardens. Visit her beaches and dip your toes into the sand. Open your favorite book beneath one of her large shade trees. Soak in her sun rays.
Take a moment to appreciate the environment in which you live, grow and learn, and Mother Nature will continue to provide her shelter, beauty and solace unconditionally for many years to come.