In journalism school, we’re often taught an old adage: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
It reminds of a story of a conversation relayed to a member of the Northwest Herald’s Editorial Board by a journalism professor years ago between himself and a student, right around this time of year.
Professor: Does your mom love you?
Student: Of course she does.
Professor: How do you know?
Student: When I was a kid, she used to make me my favorite sandwich for lunch every single day, peanut butter and jelly.
Professor: That doesn’t prove anything. I could make a sandwich for you. How do you know your mother loves you?
Student: Well, she used to drive me to school, no matter the weather or if she was even ready for her own work, every single day.
Professor: That could be true of your next-door neighbor, too, not just your mom. How do you know?
Student: Well, whenever I had a cut or a boo-boo, she’d take care of it, put a bandage on and kiss my ouchie.
Professor: Anybody else’s mom could do that. Come on … how do you know your mom loves you?
Student: (Sigh). Because when I got into a car accident and had to be confined to a wheelchair for a month, she dropped everything for me. She canceled her vacation, something she had been planning for months. She listened when I cried, never judged me when I got frustrated, and dedicated every moment to helping me get through a difficult period of my life. She cried when I started walking again, and pulled out the video of my first steps to compare. And all I could think is, “this is love.”
Professor: That’s a lot better answer than a sandwich.
Not every example is as extreme as that, but we think it illustrates what we should strive for on this Mother’s Day. Find the words, find the stories, find the way to tell your mother how much you really do appreciate her.
If your mother is no longer with you, take the time to remember her today. Share stories, laugh and keep her memory alive.
However you choose to celebrate your mother, she deserves it.