I love Mother’s Day, and not just because I’m a mother, but because being a mother makes me appreciate my own mother so much more. The joy my son finds in the most mundane activities or his smile when I pick him up from his 2 hour-long school day makes the early wake up calls, days spent potty training, and intermittent tantrums completely worth it. As cliche as it might sounds that hard parts mean nothing when you see your kid happy. And I know my mom feels the same way. The worry and stress I caused her when I backpacked through Central America, the tears she dried over break ups she always knew would never last, and the (cautious) excitement she shared with me when I moved to New York eight years ago – all of these trusting-the-universe moments my mom relied on throughout my life I know I will experience in some form with my son as he gets older. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to watch my mom handle my choices to know the grace and patience required to continue on this motherhood journey. The items below are suggestions of gifts to show our appreciation, but trust me when I tell you, all your mom really wants is to see you, her child, happy. Love you, Mom!