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May 5, 2012

An early Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is next Sunday. By next week, however, what I have to say will be too late. So I am taking the role of the early bird. I am a confused man, but I do know that Mother’s Day is next Sunday. At least I think it is. Anyhow, here are my thoughts.

First, moms want their husbands to remember Mother’s Day. A lot of guys think, “Well, she’s not my mother.” Fellows, stop thinking that. Just don’t. Remember, if your wives thought that logically in every instance, they would never have married you!

Second, remember your mother-in-law is also a mother; make a special effort to appreciate her on Mother’s Day. One regret I have is that I did not appreciate my mother-in-law as much as I could have. For some reason, we go harder on our in-laws than we do our own parents.

Third, moms love to be reminded of their family’s warm feelings toward them in simple ways. According to a recent UPI article, “75 percent of U.S. mothers say they would prefer a handmade card over a necklace from Tiffany and Co.,” a survey indicates.

“However, what mothers really want is some sleep. Eight of 10 mothers said they would choose to sleep in versus a sunrise breakfast with the kids.”

The argument also suggests that over half the moms would appreciate a massage or a bike ride as a way to enjoy their day.

Fourth, do not feel obligated to spend a fortune to say “I love you.” I love to tell the joke about the man who was reared by his hard-working widowed Hoosier mother. She took in sewing, cleaning, and raising rabbits to put food on the table. He grew up and made a fortune in Texas oil.

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