By Remy Zerber
Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all mothers. Mother’s Day is a chance for children to appreciate all the hard work their moms do, but it is going to be a little different this year because of the pandemic. Fathers can help their children plan a special day for their mom. Before COVID, multiple families could get together and have brunch together. Now that everyone has to be careful of the virus, it is not possible to celebrate in the normal way. Luckily, it is still possible to celebrate in a Covid-friendly way by giving gifts and protecting yourself so you can do it properly.
Even though we are in a pandemic, we can still celebrate Mother’s Day in a Covid-friendly way. One activity that kids can do for their mom is to serve her breakfast in bed. Breakfast in bed is always appreciated because then moms can sleep in while the kids make breakfast with their father’s help. This is a good activity for Mother’s Day in 2021 because it does not require leaving the house. Another good activity is having a Mother’s Day picnic outside. This is a good idea because Mother’s Day is in May, which means it is usually warm out, and the CDC recommends that people sit outside and eat so there is proper ventilation. Masks will still need to be worn. People can still go out to brunch for Mother’s Day but they will have to wear a mask. There are many safe ways to celebrate during the pandemic.
One of the other best parts of Mother’s Day is giving gifts to show your appreciation for your mom. Flowers are a classic gift to give on Mother’s Day. Mothers love flowers so this is a great gift idea. Another great gift idea is new clothes. This is a great idea for moms who love fashion. If you don’t have a lot of money, a free gift idea could be having everyone in the family write out a card and make coupons for chores. That way, the mother can redeem a coupon every time she wants someone to do a chore. Gift giving is still possible during the pandemic because it does not require going to a store or mall. People can just buy the gifts they want online and they will be delivered to your doorstep.
Even though COVID-19 is still a major problem in the world, there are things people can do to protect themselves against the virus so they can be more active on Mother’s Day. Every state has different COVID restrictions. People should listen to the restrictions in the state or county that they live in when making their plans for Mother’s Day. For example, in Shasta county, the risk of the virus is still pretty substantial, so only some non-essential indoor businesses like restaurants are open. In San Mateo county the virus is moderately severe so some businesses are open with modifications like wearing a mask and outdoor seating only.
It is still possible to celebrate Mother’s Day under the circumstances. Mother’s Day celebrates all the hard work mothers do for their families; however, this year will be celebrated differently because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although it is sad that families can’t celebrate like they always do, they should be happy that they can still celebrate in a Covid-friendly way. Celebrating Mother’s Day is about the spirit of appreciating and honoring the work that mothers do. It is not about superficial things like gifts and spending money. The spirit of Mother’s Day is possible to achieve no matter what is happening in the world. As long as families are together that is all that matters.
Ryan Ford '23,