Celebrating the Special Moms in the House

Posted on May 10, 2015

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“A mother is a person who, seeing there are four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”  – Tenneva Jordan

Every May as Mother’s Day rolls around, the anecdotes abound of the many ways a mom will choose to go without: without pie, without sleep, without five uninterrupted minutes.

In Ronald McDonald House, we see the most poignant examples of motherhood’s selflessness.

For the moms in Ronald McDonald House, personal luxury exists in a far-away world.

Their reality is a child’s medical crisis. Their days are filled with the anxiousness of hospital hallways, diagnostic testing, monitoring and meetings with medical staff.

A mom at Ronald McDonald House absorbs volumes of medical information every day. And she does this while for caring for everything that her child needs from her, in a day filled with appointments and testing and hospital hallways.

DSC_0022The moms at Ronald McDonald House are an exceptionally selfless bunch, in company that’s known for choosing to go without.

That’s why on May 4, the Monday before Mother’s Day, we orchestrated a special afternoon of decadence for them.

The event began with a limousine at the doors of the House, and flowers for each of them.  From there, they were transported to downtown Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

Their afternoon included a foot massage or pedicure and access to the spa area.  Then it was to the dining room for an exquisite afternoon tea.

DSC_0021(As the tiered dessert trays pictured above show, there was plenty of dessert for all and no need to announce one ‘did not care for pie’!)

We see a recurring theme in notes from families after they leave the House.  It has to do with the strong friendships that families build during their stay.

We know there is something powerful in the relationships between our moms, who are each navigating an anxious and stressful time and, by coincidence of the House, are on a journey together.

On the afternoon of May 4, we were able to give them time together where, for a few hours, there were no trade-offs.

For a few hours, they had the simple enjoyment of each other’s company in a space that celebrated the amazing people that they are!  

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To the many amazing moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

Read the interview posted earlier this week about why hospitals value the support system that Ronald McDonald Houses provide for moms and dads.

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