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Thanking Mom never seems to be enough

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On my mind...

by Stan Head

It is nearly that time again, Mother’s Day, a time when we join as a country to celebrate the extraordinary role our moms have played in our lives and try to somehow match that up with a six dollar Mother’s Day cards from Walmart.

It was so much easier as a kid. A couple sheets of construction paper, macaroni, glitter and glue and Hallmark didn’t have a thing on me!

Moms everywhere will receive breakfast in bed, bouquets of flowers and blessings at the morning church service as a reminder of how important their love, support and affection are to us.

My mom is certainly no exception.

So here I am again struggling to find the perfect gift for my mom this Mother’s Day.

It’s been an ongoing battle for me the past 30 years and, while I’ve come close, I don’t think there is anything out there that appropriately reflects how much I care for my mother.

Over the years, I’ve given her candy, flowers, jewelry, a nail salon certificate, which she didn’t like and gave to my sister, and plenty of cards.

There have also been gift cards and gift certificates and, yes, one desperate year, I think I got her a pair of tennis shoes.

But the truth of the matter is, there is not a gift on the planet that could adequately thank my mother for all she has done. After all, she’s the one who nurtured and cared for my sister and me while we grew into adults. She chose to be a stay home mom and forfeited a career to be our full-time caregiver.

Even now, she still reaches out to make sure we are OK.

“I’m just checking to see if you’re alive,” she often exclaims if I haven’t made a recent call or frequent visit.

We are so lucky to still have her help and wisdom available to us every day.

I don’t think the answer to Mother’s Day lies in a floral shop or on a store shelf. And, perhaps, it certainly is not among the thousands of cards with pretty ribbons lined up at Walmart.

Perhaps the best gift we can give is time.

Seems we get busier and more involved with life every year and we sometimes forget to make those simple stops or calls that mean so much.

My gift to my mom this year is simply a promise to be there more often and simply to focus more on the person that made me who I am today.

And yes, a Walmart card might accompany my commitment.

So Mom, thanks for always being there, for all the encouraging words, for teaching me how to be a decent parent and for teaching me to always make the best decisions possible.

But most of all, thanks for the endless supply of unconditional love. Just as the sun rises and sets, a mother’s love is never-ending.

So happy Mother’s Day to all moms and enjoy your special day. You all deserve the very best.