BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Mother's Day is less than a week away, and some moms already have their wish lists planned.
For several moms who were shopping at the Mall at Barnes Crossing Sunday afternoon, spending time with friends and family is what they hope to receive on Mother's Day.
Dawn Soechting of Columbus gets a double dose of presents since her birthday was Sunday and Mother's Day is a week away.
Her husband recently deployed to Iraq, and he sent her flowers for her birthday.
“He's already clued me in that I'll probably get more (for Mother's Day),” she said.
The flowers are great, she said, but time with her husband and daughter, Ashlyn, is priceless.
“If there were anything I could have, I'd have him back. It's not about gifts for me,” she said.
Lisa Fowler, who shopped with her daughter, Alysha, said she'd already received her Mother's Day gift.
“My mother had a heart attack last year, and I'm thankful that she's still here,” Lisa said as she looked for hats for her mother. Fowler, from Pontotoc, said she simply wanted to spend time with her two children and family. But, “a diamond would be nice,” she said with a laugh.
Other moms said they planned to use the outdoors as a way of connecting with family.
“I would like to have a hummingbird wind chime and a hummingbird feeder,” said Maria Hutcheson, who was shopping with her son Tyler. The Blue Springs resident said she loves spring weather and loves to share it with her family.
“I love flowers, anything to do outside,” she said.
Paula Tharp and her daughter, Hillary, were in town from Kosciusko and said they'd just been on the hunt for slate to build a walkway.
“We're working on our yard, so I'd like things to work with for the yard,” Paula Tharp said. Hillary said she hadn't started buying any gifts for Mother's Day yet.
Martha Nixon was shopping Sunday, but not for a Mother's Day present. She said she plans to wait until this weekend.
“My daughter has one son and he loves to buy his mom lotion,” Nixon said. “So we're going to come next weekend and let him pick out some.”
Nixon, from Hamilton, Ala., said the outdoors are on her mind for Mother's Day, too.
“My daughter is going to get me one of those canopy swings for my patio. We sit out quite a bit,” she said.
Contact Scene reporter Sheena Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-1580.