Unless you’ve spent the last few weeks climbing a really big mountain in some remote part of the world with no WiFi access whatsoever, you’re well aware that Sunday is Mother’s Day.
So let’s assume you’ve been on solid ground with plenty of media access. That means you’ve been bombarded lately with ads telling you that to be a good child, you have to shower Mom with all manner of gifts – flowers, chocolates, jewels. I even heard an ad today that a laser hair removal gift certificate would make a great gift for mom.
Yeahhhh, I’d love to see the perplexed expression on that mom’s face as she opened the card and said: “This is for…what? Are you trying to tell me I have excessive facial hair, sonny?”
In my opinion, that would be an epic FAIL, but I suppose there are all sorts of people out there. And perhaps there is some mother somewhere just itching to have her underarm hair permanently removed. I don’t know…
Nevertheless, I would be willing to bet that mothers everywhere simply want their children to express their love and show a little gratitude on Mother’s Day. Maybe throw in a little breakfast in bed. This would be a great gift – as long as the kid makes sure to clean up the mess in the kitchen afterwards so mom doesn’t have to.
Motherhood is not an easy job. Yeah, and that’s the understatement of the year.
Just ask my mom. Well, no…on second thought…don’t. I don’t think I’d want her to share with you any stories about my bratty teenage years. Not that I was a colossal brat – but, like most teenagers, I had my less-than-stellar moments.
Yet Mom never brings up any of my bad behaviors. Frankly, at this point, I don’t think she can remember my teenage years. And I’m okay with that.
Moms somehow have the uncanny ability to love their children unconditionally. She may not always love the behavior, but she always loves the child. No matter how old they are or how bad the behavior.
That ability is the very reason your mom deserves to be celebrated.
As for me, well, mostly I’m grateful that my mom is here with us and we can celebrate together. I don’t take a single moment of time with her for granted.
So Vince and I will drive to Alliance on Sunday. We’ll bring some food, a sweet treat for dessert and probably some flowers. We have a little gift for her. And, while she’ll be grateful for all of those things, I know that mostly she’ll appreciate that we took the time out of our weekend to come see her.
If I’ve learned anything through the years it is this: cherish your mom while she’s here. As I’ve heard from so many people whose mothers are no longer alive, they would give anything to have one more conversation with her; one more chance to hug her and tell her how much she is loved.
To those people who can no longer celebrate Mother's Day with their moms, my heart goes out to you. I hope you feel comforted with the knowledge that your mom knows how much you love and miss her.
And to those who still have their moms, please don’t squander those opportunities. If you can celebrate in person with your mom, do it. If she’s too far away for a visit, call her.
Just…well…just don’t buy her a gift certificate for laser hair removal. I still think it’s an epic FAIL.
We love you, Mom. Happy Mother's Day!