Just in case you’ve forgotten, Sunday is Mother’s Day.
It’s a day when we bestow gifts of perfume and flowers on the woman or women in our lives who raised us.
It’s a day set aside to honour mom and mom alone.
Make her breakfast in bed.
Do the dishes.
Take her out to dinner.
Giver her some precious time alone.
Shower her with hugs and kisses.
If you haven’t gotten her a card, today’s only Friday; you’ve got two days left.
The day we put aside to honour mothers is adopted from the United States.
Folks in the UK have already celebrated their moms this year.
It gives us a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling to know that we put aside one of the 365 days of the year to honour mom.
But quite honestly, one day just isn’t enough.
Being a mother is tough, whether you’re raising your children alone or with a spouse.
There aren’t any guide books that come when children are born. Mothers have to rely on instinct and their moms, grandmothers and aunts for advice if they’re fortunate enough to still have those people alive.
Mother’s Day in the United States started in 1914 after an extensive letter-writing campaign by Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia school teacher who was drowning in grief at the death of her own mom in 1906.
Anna became consumed with all the things she hadn’t done for her mother while the woman was still alive.
She convinced a Methodist church to hold the first Sunday honouring mothers and a tradition was begun.
Following her letter-writing campaign to congressmen, governors, mayors, newspaper editors, ministers and business leaders, Congress had no choice but to set aside a day to honour moms.
Anything short would have been, well, unAmerican.
And President Woodrow Wilson was no fool. He gladly signed a proclamation declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Anna’s gesture was a sweet one.
But it’s too bad she waited until her mom had passed from this earthly life to pay her homage.
Fortunately those of us still on this Earth have time to let our mothers – or any other woman significant to our lives – know just how much they mean to us.
Sunday gives us the perfect opportunity.
But don’t just count on one day out of a year to let that special woman in your life know how much she’s appreciated.
Show her every day by your actions and kind words.
Husbands, the best thing you can do for your children is to love their mother and demonstrate that love daily so your offspring will grow up respecting and honouring their mom daily.
To all mothers out there – happy Mother’s Day.
We at Cayman Free Press hope yours is a blessed and happy day.