Mother’s Day is here again, but you may have been made aware of that by the constant bombardment of advertisements for Mother’s Day gifts. It seems that every magazine, newspaper, radio commercial and television advertisement focuses on what new and wonderful gift you can give your mother which will let her know how much you care.
In fact, there was a report on the news this week that in the U.S.A. the average amount of money spent on gifts for mother’s day by an adult child is $140. I guess the marketing is working.
I’m reminded of the story about a son who lived several states away from his mother, yet wanted to do something special for her. After some consideration he decided that she was alone and needed some companionship. He went to a pet store and found a parrot that spoke. Not only did the parrot speak, it seemed to be able to understand on carry on conversations with people. However the parrot cost $5000, but after thinking about it, he decided his mother was worth the money and bought the parrot and had it shipped to her as a surprise.
A few days later he called his mother and asked her, “Mom, did you get the bird I had shipped to you?” His mother said, “Yes I did, that was quite a surprise.” The son excitedly asked, ‘Well, what did you think?” The mother said, “Well it was kind of small and a little tough, but it didn’t taste too bad.” The son said, “But mom, I paid a lot of money for that bird and he could even talk, he wasn’t to eat.” “Well,” said the mom, “he kept telling me that, but who can believe anything a bird says.”
You know, the funny thing about all of the excitement over Mother’s Day is that I’ve yet to meet a mother who says, “I know my children love me because they spend money on me this one day.” From what I have been told, most mothers would be thrilled with a phone call or a visit, but would really feel loved if it happened more than on just one day a year.
It is the little and personal things that make a mother know she is loved. My wife still has handmade, colored with crayon cards, which our children made for her when they were young. She has a handmade clay pot, that kind of looks like a small vase and a handmade napkin holder that still grace our house. That’s not to say that she doesn’t appreciate the cards, phone calls, going out to eat and being shown special care on Mother’s Day, but honestly it is the little everyday things that say, “I love you mom.”
Ephesian 6:2-3 tell us: “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise, “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” How about making that “honor” an everyday thing, not just once a year.
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.