There are always a few taken by surprise by Mother’s Day. Or at least they claim to be taken by surprise.
“Mother’s Day, again? Seems like we just had it.”
We did. A year ago.
“That thing sure moves around on the calendar, doesn’t it?”
No, Mother’s Day does not move around. Easter moves around, Christmas moves around, New Year’s Day moves around, but Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May.
Here’s a tip for remembering that: The second Sunday in May is also the time you can set out cold sensitive plants where we live because it is considered the last “frost date.”
That is what your mother will be if you fail to acknowledge her on Mother’s Day.
Frosted flake frosted.
This year may be an especially good year to recognize Mom as there are murmurings about using the title “Mom” less and “Parent” more.
Happy Parent’s Day!
I didn’t think so.
“Mom” has been the moniker of choice for thousands of years. “Parent” is unlikely to grab hold on a widespread basis.
“Momma!” is what toddlers instinctively cry when they need the one who makes them feel safe and secure.
“Muh-ther” is what kids huff in exasperation when told “no” once again.
“Mom” is the one you call with good news about a job, a milestone, or your baby’s first tooth.
“I love you, Mom,” is what you whisper to yourself over and over as she is lowered into the grave.
Mother is a name of honor. It’s a term of love and endearment earned through morning sickness, colic, potty training, medical emergencies, calls from the school, financial strain, lack of sleep, days that are too short, waits that are too long, the big launch and the empty nest-with countless joys, lots of laughter and tender moments woven in between.
If you believe your mother may have fallen short in some areas, congratulations. You have discovered that mothers are human. That said, most mothers have been battle-tested. You don’t strip an honorable veteran of a well-earned title.
If you’re wondering if a gift is necessary this year, one of our grands may have already answered the question. She overheard us talking about getting Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts and other plans, and she immediately sat up straight, eyes twinkling, and confidently proclaimed, “I don’t need to get my mom a gift for Mother’s Day – I AM the gift!
“Every mom already has her gifts!” she exclaimed, giggling. “Her kids!”
I think she’ll be able to pull it off. You could try it too, but you’re probably not 6.
If you haven’t talked to your mom lately, a call only takes a couple of minutes. Why not? She gave you years.