In the midst of all of your frenzied plate spinning, have you paused long enough to realize that Mother’s Day is tomorrow?
If you’re like me, you’ve waited until the last minute and are now scrambling to find a way to honor your Mom in a manner she truly deserves.
Yes, some of your plate spinning peers may simply be looking forward to a long-awaited day of pampering.
And still other plate spinners (those of the male persuasion), may be in full-tilt panic mode. These poor souls are easy to spot. They’re the ones making frantic calls to the local florist, sweat beading on their upper lip, hoping that the special Mother’s Day bouquet is still in stock.
If you fall into this category, calm yourself. I am here to help.
First, before you confront the slim pickings of the greeting card display rack, think long and hard about why the maternal figure in your life is special to you.
Did she stay up with you late one night to help you with a big paper or project that you waited until the last minute to complete?
Does she always somehow know to make your favorite dinner when you’ve had a particularly bad day?
Or, maybe she went the extra mile to teach you how to cook for yourself or do your own laundry? (For this special Mom, you had best walk right passed that greeting card display and into the nearest jewelry store.)
Expenses tight? Not to worry. There are plenty of gift options that don’t require a withdrawal from your 401k. Here is my Plate Spinner’s Top Five Mother’s Day Gift List:
#5: What better way to show Mom you appreciate everything she does for you than by making sure her alarm clock goes off at the exact same time it always does. If she’s like me, there’s nothing more unnerving than waking up late. It throws off my whole day.
#4: Make breakfast for her. If pouring corn flakes into a bowl is a bit of a stretch for you, a trip to the donut store may be in order.
#3: Give her something sparkly. Clean everything until it glistens, including but not limited to: dishes, windows and your teeth.
#2: Declare a 24-hour truce with whomever you have a gripe, grudge or complaint. It won’t cost you a cent and the maternal super hero in your life will be eternally grateful if she doesn’t have to hear any bickering on her special day.
#1: Chocolate. (Seriously, did you really think I’d put anything else in the top gift spot?) Again, for the budget-conscious, you don’t have to go overboard, but when it comes to this sweet treat, think quality over quantity. Personally, I’d treasure one Lindt chocolate truffle over an entire bad of M&M’s, but that’s just me.
And there you have it.
Now, if I could just figure out a way to get a copy in front of my guys, all will be well.
Happy Mother’s Day to all and to all a well-deserved break!