In the family I grew up in, one of our traditions was cooking breakfast for our mother on Mother’s Day. Reflecting back, even though as a boy I really didn't have the skills to cook, it was exciting that I was still given permission to try and make a breakfast for our mom. We would make a square meal breakfast and serve it on a tray along with coffee, cream, and sugar.
Later in the day, we would give our mother some flowers (usually picked locally), a handmade card, and a box of chocolates. In retrospect, the chocolates were not that special. The kids all hovered around while Mom opened the box of chocolates and surveyed them. We waited as patiently as we could until she would pick one for herself and then hand out one chocolate for each of us.
Over the years, as a child and a young man, I regularly helped my mother in the kitchen and in the process learned about cooking, tasting, and the joy of making food for others. One of my favorite things to make were chocolate chip cookies, because I got to sneak chocolate chips and eat cookie dough as I worked. I place Mother’s Day, and especially my mother, at the top of formative experiences that helped shape my ability to create and run a chocolate company.
This Mother's Day, I hope you involve your children in cooking something for Mom. I am sure she will be quite happy.