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Our view: Celebrate Mom today

Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

You can buy her flowers. You can send her a card. You can buy her chocolate.

But really, today is a day to show our mothers that we care. Like she showed us for so many years.

It is Mother’s Day, and it is a day to set aside all our past spats and celebrate the one who brought us into the world and raised us to be who we are.

Many of us have close relationships with our mothers. Others, not so much. It’s how life works.

But please take one piece of advice. Talk to your mother today. Tell her you love her, and thank her for all she has done for you. If you can, do it face to face. At the least, if it is possible, give her a call.

Take her to dinner. Better yet, make her dinner. Unless you’re a chef, it might not be the best meal she’s ever tasted. But it will be heartfelt, and that will almost certainly make her happy.

There are plenty of Hallmark holidays out there, meant to drum up business for the card, candy and flower companies.

Mother’s Day, however, is not one of them. It’s a day of appreciation.

It’s a day of gratitude. It’s a day of respect.

So respect your mother; show her you recognize all she’s done for you. Show her you realize she didn’t always have the easiest job in the world. And show her, through your actions, that you appreciate all that she did for you. If you can, do something to make her smile.

She was there for you for all those years, through the good and bad times, from infancy up until now.

If your mother is no longer with you, remember her today. Share a favorite story about her with a sibling, or with your own children. Keep her memory alive.

However you do it, celebrate your mother today.

Mothers everywhere deserve the special attention.

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