Local businesses offer Mother's Day gift ideas

And while raising kids has been challenging in ways I never expected, it's also been so incredible, I can't help but thank my lucky stars.

This Sunday is Mother's Day. My own mother has been "over in glory" for over 20 years, and I will no longer be surrounded by my children after church for brunch. The love, care and pamper that a mom showers is priceless, and Comedy Central is all set to depict this with a twist!

If you simply can't restrain yourself from buying something, give her a gift certificate for a spa day, the movies, a class she's been eyeing or her favorite restaurant for a future date. May God always bestow His blessings upon you! It is celebrated every year on 2nd Sunday of May, and this year it is falling on May 13. They will sit quietly while I finish a thought or story. The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers spend an average of $186 on Mother's Day gifts - last year, shoppers spent $23.6 billion on their mothers. Here are some tips for making the day a victor for mom (and everyone else in the family).

I love you, Mom; but my editor loves short columns, so the mushy stuff will have to wait. In keeping with a time-honored tradition, carnations will be worn on the lapels of these honored women; bouquets of roses, baby's breath and an array of other colorful spring flowers will be given as gifts. Especially during those first few hard months. Much of the Arab world recognizes Mother's Day on March 21, and in Thailand the day falls on August 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit, who many consider a mother to all Thai people. My own expenditure? A attractive bunch of flowers for my mother in London: Mother's Day there falls much earlier-and I rarely get the memo.

Maybe that sounds insane, but then again, maybe it doesn't.

"Best advice my mom ever gave me was to be real, not fake". (We see this all unfold via one of Mama Joe's grandchildren, Ahmad, who just wants his family to be happy again and resorts to tall tales to get them back together.) Family dynamics may change and shift after Mama Joe's death, but they eventually realize that family is family and it's one of the most important things in life. Some more QT with her family. (I in turn apreeshiate them bringing me brekfast in bed, wobbling into my room with scrambled eggs on an oversized tray.) Birthday and Mother's Day cards are approached with some trepidation, as they know the bar is high. "I feel like I have to coach my husband through it and handle everything not only for my own mom, but for my husband's mom, too". She's going to get plenty of baby gifts when the little one arrives. Having this relationship with my mother-in-law is nice because it gives me a mother to be there for on Mother's Day and beyond.

"It's hardly a Mother's Day when I have to share it with my mother-in-law".

This year's OAM theme, "Engage at Every Age", emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. I think she would say the same, not just about me but my brother and her grandchildren, and now her great-granddaughter. Irrespective of how we look or behave, our mother showers us with all possible love and blessings in the world. Perhaps it was your grandmother or an adopted mom or your dad who fulfilled the role of mother.

Go, call your Mother, whoever it is, and let her know that she is your hero. Always do your best.

Oh, and pick up your shoes.

  • Zachary Reyes