Pat Graham and Janice Gardiner Wright, “Sharing Time: Remember Mother,” Friend, May 1983, 43
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Col. 3:20.)
The poem and pictures on this page will help you remember some of the things your mother does for you. You can make a card and recite this Mother’s Day poem (showing different hats) before dinner or during a family home evening.
Hats Off to Mother
My mother’s job is sometimes hard, and I have heard her say,
“The hours are long, and if I could, I’d like to change the pay.”
Her profession has variety, and I will tell you now
About the many hats she wears—and why and when and how.
1. My mommy’s a nurse who fixes and patches
All of my hurts and my sores and my scratches.
2. My mother’s a chef who fixes each dinner
Fit for a king—a blue-ribbon winner!
3. My mom’s a chauffeur who drives pretty slow
But gets me to places where I need to go.
4. My mom’s a detective, and no one is greater
At getting the truth from me sooner or later.
5. My mommy’s a gardener and works really hard,
Planting and weeding and grooming our yard.
6. My mother’s a maid—at least that’s what she said—
‘Cause she cleans up the house and makes every bed.
7. My mother’s an angel—a queen in disguise—
Who teaches the gospel with tears in her eyes.
Today take these hats off, and please wear no other.
Let me do your work, to show I LOVE YOU, MOTHER!
Fold 8 1/2″ x 11″ (22 cm. x 28 cm.) piece of colored paper in half the long way. Open paper and fold up to make 2 1/2″ (6 cm.) pocket inside (see illustration). Glue or tape ends together. Color and cut out all pieces, including verse. On inside of card, glue mother cutout on right side and verse on left. Cut slot in mother’s hair. Place hats in pocket. Print HATS OFF TO MOTHER on front of card, then sign your name inside. When you present card to your mother, put correct hat in place as you read appropriate part of verse.
Please note these are in three separate folders
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Make copies for each child to color and cut out. Sing Mother’s Day songs while making cards. Older children could list additional things that their mothers do that they appreciate.
2. Prepare program by enlarging cutouts. Mount mother on large poster board, then place on easel. Assign children to memorize verses and put appropriate hat in place before they say their part, or children could wear real hats.
3. Discuss other mothers (grandmothers, great-grandmothers) and responsibilities they might have had in their day or what the children remember about them.