Not only have classes at Takitumu primary school painted cards, but they told the Cook Islands News their big plans: breakfasts, lunches, relaxing swims and entrancing entertainment, a day of love and leisure.
“We are going out to lunch, then we will go home, my Mum will have a nap, we’ll watch some movies and go to sleep,” says Leandra Piniata.
Her classmate Savannah Nia goes one better: “I’ll make my mum breakfast and do all the chores so she can rest.”
Across town, Apii Nikao preschooler Nora Tauira-Turi, 4, has made a Mother’s Day butterfly-hands painting “with a lot of love”.
At St Joseph’s, Charlotte Leonie Vila likens her mum to the feeling of summer; Seraphina Piri-Savage says hers is as embracing as “a soft couch”.
Back at Apii Takitumu, Klaasje Nia is offering her mum the best possible Mother’s Day: “I’ll help clean the house (I always do anyway, I’m a good helper) and I’ll cook her eggs, mushrooms, and bacon on toast.”
Tomorrow, it will be time to deliver on their big promises. But for now, some children are refreshingly honest.
“I want to take her out for dinner on Sunday,” says George Tetevano, “but I hope she can do some shopping for herself on Saturday.”
RECIPE FOR A SPECIAL MUM
by Adison Rowe, 11, Apii Nikao
A truck load of love
Tons of joy sprinkle of strictness
A cup full of hugs and kisses
A lifetime of kindness
In a bowl place a truck load of love to share with me
Add tons of joy because of the way you read me books
Pour a sprinkle of strictness to words when reading my bedtime story
Add a handful of support at my football games.
And a lifetime of kindness when I am sad :(
Add a cup filled of hugs and kisses after the bedtime story
Stir gently and share with me and my sister
You are the best Mum in the world.