Picking up after the kids, planning and preparing “well-balanced” meals, doing the laundry, cleaning the house and attending after-school activities, most of the time struggling to maintain one’s sanity amidst all the chaos; speaking from experience; a mother’s work is never done. If you are nodding your head while reading this article, you are just like me: a tired mother who needs a well-deserved break. Or, you are now beginning to identify and understand what your mother, step-mother, grandmother, wife and/or other significant mother figures in your life have endured or are still enduring in order to keep the family fully functional. Treat yourself, or the strong beautiful woman/women in your life to a wonderful Mother’s Day at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
Hmmm, a Library? Not so sure about that idea? Well, take it from me; it will be an experience that mothers of all ages can enjoy. There are two events to choose from, or take in both: on Saturday May 11, 2013, the Library will be hosting a mother/daughter tea in honor of Ellen Wilson, first lady, and a renowned artist and mother. Prior to the delightful cream tea, art teacher Barbara Holt will have a workshop centered on Ellen’s impressionist paintings. Whether you are an artist at heart or you don’t know a flat brush from a Filbert brush, sit back, relax, make a mess and have someone else clean it up for once. Don’t have a daughter? No problem, roundup a daughter-in-law, niece, cousin, god-daughter or a friend and be on your way. Sunday May 12, 2013, all mothers gain free admission to the Mother’s Day Celebration. Walk through the sensational Victorian style garden, take a tour of President Wilson’s birthplace, and travel through time at the museum with a friendly and interactive tour guide. There are many activities to choose from.
Make it a Weekend Stay
Why should you have to choose between either days? If you would like to participate in all the activities instead of being forced to choose just one day, I have the perfect solution. Just 20 minutes away from the Library are nine beautiful, cozy cabins; Cabin Creekwood. The rooms come fully furnished and all cabins have well equipped kitchens; it’s ideal for a weekend getaway. You don’t have to leave the kids or pets at home or with the grandparents. Cabin Creekwood is children and pet friendly. Sit on the deck and enjoy the peace and tranquility that often seems to elude us mothers. Sitting in a cabin nestled within the environs of the Blue Ridge Mountains has a certain way of calming mind, body and spirit: and we both know that you, or the mother figure you are thinking of, could use a sense of calm right about now. You will enjoy this beautiful cabin and its surroundings so much, you won’t want to leave.
The First Mother’s Day
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is not only significant because it was dedicated to the 28th president of the United States, it serves as a testament to us mothers that someone was thinking about us, someone acknowledged and appreciated the effort that is put into running a home. On May 9, 1914, President Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day, since then, Mothers are celebrated across the world on the second Sunday of May. It should be rather interesting to explore the place dedicate to the man that cared enough about mothers to give us our “own” day. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom on the go, indulge yourself or, allow someone to indulge you. If you’re in Richmond, Petersburg, Roanoke, Frederickson, Salem, Lynchburg, Charlottesville or other surrounding areas; hop in the car and drive on over to Staunton to create a memorable Mother’s Day at The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
Guest post by Tayeka