Poetry does not need to be highly intellectual or complicated to be beautiful. The best poetry is simple and heartfelt. That is why it comes so naturally to children. Kids are naturally poetic because they are uninhibited, operating from an honest, heartfelt space at all times. Their spontaneous, unscripted version of the world is refreshing and inspiring. Why not harness this talent for the perfect Mother’s Day gift?
Older children often write, or dictate, Mother’s Day poems in school. But even younger members of the family are capable of composing a poem (with a little assistance). Preschool aged children are always uttering words and expressions that are sweet, insightful, and surprisingly accurate. Their perceptions never cease to amaze. They are creative, truth-filled, and full of childish excitement and discovery.
Attention Fathers, Step-fathers, Grandmothers, or any other family member who wishes to assist.
Collect some of your toddler’s cutest utterances, and place them in poem format. Use your creativity to convey a certain story, or to simply demonstrate the child’s love for his/her mother.
Hi, you! You’re the best mommy in the whole world! Let me do it myself…….It’s my usponsibility Bye Bye Dada. Mommy, carry you! Kiss Buddha tummy Okey dokey Smokey? Okay smokey mokey! I love you so much!
The poem doesn’t need to make sense to anyone but the Mother reading it. She will cherish the innocent phrases, and the personal memories within for years to come.
Mother’s Day Weekend Events: (spend time as a family, honoring Mom)
Brunch, Haile Village Bistro (Sunday, May 9th)
“Celestial celebrations,” kids make musical instruments: FREE at Harn Museum (Friday, May 7th)
free concert, Gainesville Community Band (Sunday, May 9th)
Brunch, Sweetwater Branch Inn (Sunday, May 9th)
New exhibit opening, Florida Museum of Natural History (Saturday, May 8th)
Live Butterfly Release, Florida Museum of Natural History (Saturday &Sunday)