My mom likes to cry.
Any occasion requiring a greeting card is a guaranteed tear-jerker. Her birthday and Mother’s Day are the biggies. It’s not a matter of whether she will cry, it’s a matter of how much.
Even the “humor for mom” cards are likely to bring tears. In fact, sometimes the tears start flowing while she’s opening the envelope.
I’m sure my mom is not unique in that regard. There are plenty of moms with a penchant for crying.
But she is unique in that she is my mom, and the mom of a newspaper editor who has the ability to say thanks in the pages of a newspaper instead of only in a greeting card, phone call or text message.
So, mom, thanks. Thanks for always being there and always supporting me. Thank you for everything. Well, not everything. She did pass down to me being a Cubs fan.
Mother’s Day became a national holiday 100 years ago, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Greeting card companies, florists and restaurants that serve brunch have been profiting ever since.
Mother’s Day isn’t about fancy gifts or expensive meals. It’s about recognizing the hard work and dedication of moms. Married moms, single moms, step-moms, mothers in law. Whatever the case, take some time today and show mom some appreciation.
She changed your diapers, took you school clothes shopping and gave you an allowance.
She took you to soccer practice, cooked your dinner and tucked you into bed countless times.
She sticks up for you, shows pride in you and wishes you would visit more often.
So the least you can do on this Mother’s Day is say thanks.
Whether you’re fortunate enough to still have your mother alive today or your mom has passed away, take time today to remember all she’s done for you.
As the Irish proverb says, “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
• Jason Schaumburg is the editor of the Northwest Herald. He’s been thinking about where Ron Cey checks in on the list of all-time Cubs third basemen. Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.