We’re not big on celebrating florist holidays, so Mother’s Day has never been much of an ordeal in our family. Heck, we barely celebrate Christmas. Although I do confess to spending way too much money on wilting flowers for my mom this weekend, so in that way, I am still contributing to the economic event of this “holiday.”
I am, however, celebrating this entire weekend—just the simple act of being AT home is worth a celebration to me. And as it turns out, mother’s day is the reason why I am enjoying a well-deserved weekend off. I learned many years ago that clinics scheduled on mother’s day weekend were harder to fill and had more cancellations. Turns out many a mother had signed up for the clinic, only to find out that her son or daughter or husband had planned something special for mom that weekend.
I always found it incredibly ironic that in most cases, what the mom wanted to do the most was spend the weekend riding and learning about her horse. I only do 12-15 clinics a year from coast to coast, and I try to visit as many states and regions as possible, but in some cases of mother’s day clinic cancellations, she had already waited a year or two to get in a clinic. What she would have enjoyed more than anything was a weekend to herself, maybe staying at a hotel, no kids, no cooking and focusing on herself and her horse the whole weekend. But alas, we are mothers and when family duty calls, we answer and clinics get cancelled.
So I owe a big THANK YOU to mothers everywhere for their devotion to family. Mother’s day weekend is cleared on my calendar every year, along with Easter and memorial day. I get to spend those weekends at home, with my family, riding my horse, walking the dogs, cooking and gardening. After a long hard three months on the road almost every weekend, I so needed the break, so thank you!
I’ve been able to ride my horse several days this week and after a very long layoff, we are getting back into a groove. A week ago we had 7” of snow on the ground, so we relished having days in the 70s this weekend.
I guess florist holidays aren’t all bad. And I hope you enjoyed mother’s day too, rather you’re a mom or not!
Enjoy the ride,