[Lola enters. Lola greets the girls with great enthusiasm. Lola hugs Jack. Lola puts the kettle on for tea. Lola makes a sandwich, eats it, washes the plate, reads the comments section on CNN.com, knits an afghan, files her taxes, contemplates world peace, then greets me.]
“Cute sweater, Mom!”
“You gave this to me.”
“If I’m wearing anything cute, you know it’s because you picked it out for me.”
While Lola may sound a wee bit self-deprecating, the above statement is true. Beautiful woman, super smart, generous and loving, and admittedly terrible at picking out clothes. At least she’s finally comes to terms with this, although she still wears an oversized cornflower blue blazer, and I’m going to need you to use your imagination on what that looks like. (If you’re following NF on Facebook, we’ve determined that she has great taste when it comes to picking out shoes, however.)
When holidays come around, I generally pick out something for her to wear. At 4’10” and under 100 pounds, this is no easy task, but I know which stores/styles fit her (I got her to try on AG jeans at Anthropologie and she’s never looked back – or the petites section at Loft, for example), so I buy her something cute, wrap it up, and gift it to her.
You know, just your typical typical flowers – chocolate – jewelry – candles – horse mask combo. Lola’s birthday is close to Mother’s Day (some years, it’s on Mother’s Day), so I try to mix it up. She likes the typical quintessential Mother’s Day gifts (flowers, for example) as well as gifts for the home (like a teapot). I put together some collections on eBay reflecting both of those (including my all-time favorite candle – Remmy, Sophie, Minnie? You’re almost old enough to shop online, right?)
eBay’s also doing a sweepstakes – create your own #eBayMom collection (horse mask inclusion optional) and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay.
A delicate word of caution to my gentlemen readers: *I* can give my mom a small appliance – like a toaster or a hand vac – for Mother’s Day and she’s totally pleased with it. Overjoyed, really. It might not be the wisest idea to get your wife, say, an iron or vacuum cleaner unless she’s dropping mad hints about it. Your mileage may vary. Good luck and godspeed.
Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with eBay as one of their influencers. All opinions are my own. If you want to show up at my house wearing a horse mask and holding some frosted Pop-Tarts, I’d be super okay with that.