I started this website to honor my mother and all the other brave mothers and fathers, aunts, uncles and friends who grew up during the depression, suffered and lost loved ones in WWII and managed to go on. They raised a generation of strong and successful sons and daughters, the baby boomers, and today are still enjoying their lives.
The goal of this website is to inspire you, those sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and friends, to think of creative ways to make this a happy time in the lives of your loved ones. We’ll start with ways to “Make Mom Happy By Mail”. But who knows what other great ideas will appear.
My mother was an extraordinary woman. She survived three husbands, raised two happy, successful daughters – both with polio as young children – and worked endless hours at hard menial jobs from picking cotton to running a giant punch press. Yet at 83, she was still feisty and fiercely independent. She lived alone, by choice, in rural Arkansas and told me just after her last birthday, “You know, this is one of the happiest times of my life.”
I wondered how this could be true. Then I remembered hearing her talk about the things she did to make and keep herself happy. For example, she wrote in a gratitude journal detailing the big, or mostly little, things that made her happy every day. Seeing a humming bird, shopping with her friend Lucy, reading a new book or just sitting on the couch with her puppy – all were carefully recorded in the journal. She wanted to be happy and she was. And I was privileged to help her with what we called our “Make Mom Happy By Mail” campaign.
If you’ve done something to make a senior citizen happy and would like to share it with others, please send me a message below or join the conversation on our blog.
Thanks for visiting Make Mom Happy By Mail. Now go lick a stamp!