HILLSDALE - For most, Mother's Day this year will be celebrated a bit differently as families do without their usual gatherings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Luckily, there are ways to show that special person in your life you love them and appreciate them without having to be in the same place.
As the pandemic persists in keeping families indoors or a safe social distance apart, online searches have increased for creative ways to still make moms feel special.
Making the most of Mother's Day in isolation is top of mind for Google search users. The company said the term “Mother's Day gifts during quarantine” recently spiked by 600 percent in the U.S. Among Pinterest's 335 million users, searches for “Mother's Day at home” have jumped by 2,971 percent, the company said.
Ideas range from creative care packages to Zoom meetings, or monthly subscriptions.
Many parents are on homemade craft duty with the kids, while other loved ones are navigating around no-visitor rules at hospitals and senior-living facilities.
Some medical facilities are pitching in by collecting voice and video recordings from locked-out relatives when patients are unable to manage the technology on their own.
Locally, Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility's Life Enrichment Director Laurie Newell said staff have been assisting residents with video and regular phone calls, and window chats with family every day.
"We have been making arrangements for many extra calls on Sunday," Newell said.
Also planned were several ‘Mother’s Day” themed activities throughout the week prior to the special day, such as colored pencil art, "my Mama says" (things Mothers say), and reminiscing with photos, poems and stories.
On Friday, residents enjoyed ice cream sundaes while discussing mothers' favorite recipes.
"We have a special lunch planned and will be hand delivering a carnation and Dove chocolate on Sunday," Newell added. "I asked families, friends, staff and truly anyone who wished to participate, to e-mail me a short note to their loved one or to address it to “Dear Friend’ so I could make sure someone special gets it."
Newell printed these on decorative paper so they could be hung on the ladies' doors Sunday morning. Though it's too late to send the wishes now for this year, she does welcome regular e-mails at any time for residents. Notes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many others try to figure out how to celebrate Mother's Day from afar, some local residents commented by Facebook on what their plans were for Mother's Day.
Ed Lane said the best gift you can give your mom on Mother's Day is your company.
"If my mother was still alive, living on her own and within driving distance, I would ignore the unenforceable order and spend the day with her," Lane said.
Renee Roth said she and her family play online trivia with the kids every Sunday night.
"I'm hoping they let me win on Mother's Day," Roth said.
Sherry Edwards said Zoom Room was her way to celebrate the day.
Other ideas range from hosting a zoom brunch to sending a goodie-bag full of surprises. Since the day has crept up on some, sending a subscription to something she can enjoy throughout the year is a novel idea, one source said.
Most agree that whatever you do, whether you were thoughtful about the day will be what makes all the difference and what your mom notices — whether that includes a special gift, a long FaceTime call, or a thoughtful note.