Dear Lubbock: On Mother’s Day, Your Time Is More Important Than Any Fancy Gift
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th. If you start thinking about it now, you still have time to prove to your mom that taking care of your dumb ass was worth it.
So, what are you going to do?
There are a couple of different ways that you can impress the mom in your life on Mother's Day this year, even more than you already do with your big boy job, your own car insurance and a dog that rarely requires a call for her help with the vet bills.
She's probably already very proud of you, even if your career as a theater seat gum scraper is hard to describe to her friends at yoga.
It doesn't always have to be a costly gift that shows how much you care. Even if your mom is the most annoying lady in the entire world, you can set aside two hours of the day to spend time with the person that brought your extra underwear when you wet your pants in 1st grade.
A great celebration of the woman that raised you can be as simple as taking your mom out to eat at her favorite restaurant and having an engaging conversation with her, maybe one that you wouldn't normally have.
Does she enjoy reading? Ask her to take a stroll through a bookstore and talk about her favorite books. Hold her hand like you did when you were a kid. Ask her if she was especially interested in a book when she was your age. She might suggest something you've never heard of that becomes a new favorite of yours.
Remember: you have a dental plan, and she's simply happy you still have most of your teeth that she swore up and down you would lose if you didn't brush harder.
She really tried.
She had a funny way of showing it when she took you out for your 16th birthday and bragged to the waitress how cute you were as a baby and how much you loved breastfeeding, but whatever. She just loves you.
So don't forget that Mother's Day is coming. Also, if you've lost your mom or don't have a relationship with her, you can still put the same about of care and attention into someone you know that you think is a great mom. Celebrate them all.