Thrifty Giving: Mother’s Day Surprise

The frame on the left hung in my house for as long as I have memory. It was put together soon after I was born and proudly displays photos of an infant me and my two older girl cousins as toddlers. My younger sister and my cousin Allen were only thoughts at this point–hopes for the future. The orange butterfly frame was as much a fixture in my home as a cat inevitably sleeping on a bed.

I wanted to do something extra special for my Mom this Mother’s Day. I didn’t have the stamina took cook a whole meal, and we were absolutely too broke to afford flowers or a nice gift. I thought and thought because I knew there had to be some way to honor her. I just had to get creative.

As luck would have it, I found another vintage butterfly frame, identical to the one I grew up with, on the dusty shelves of a thrift store. It was covered in a thick layer of dust and still had the original paper it came with. After that thrifting trip, I sneakily swiped our butterfly frame from my parents’ house for inspiration when they weren’t looking.

I filled my frame with photos of her two favorite (only) grandkids plus the photo of Sam and Victoria, the children of one of my cousins from the first photo frame. Fortunately, I take way more photos of everything than is necessary, especially of the children, so I had plenty to choose from. I printed the photos at home so this project was extra-extra-inexpensive. The frame was something like twenty-nine cents. God bless those Catholics and their wonderful thrift store.

Even though we got together for lunch on Mother’s Day, I couldn’t wait and had to give it to her at the Mother’s Day tea the day before. I brought the one I took from her house, too, for comparison. She loved showing them off to all her friends. I consider this edition of thrifty giving a success!


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