It was not different in our day except we lived a lot farther away. Best wishes and flowers are great ways to remember your Mom if you can't make it home. Last summer I wrote a post, "In honor of mom, the grand lady of Pine Street."
I can't help but remember one of the traditions that came to define my relationship with my mother. No matter where I was, every Saturday or Sunday, I would call my mom. It came to be such a part of my life and my wife's life that we both still miss it. That little bit of news exchanged each week kept us from growing apart even when the distances were great.
Our family learned a lot from my mother. All mothers have this wonderful ability to make you feel loved and like there is nothing in the world that you could cause you to worry. Even if that is just a temporary feeling it's a sign of the magical power of all mothers to help heal us and send us back into the world.
I learned to respect mom's opinions. There were things we disagreed about and that ended up being fine. I wish she were still around so I could call her and tell her once again how thankful we are for all that she did for us.
I will take some solace from all the wonderful things being done today to honor the many great mothers out there. I'm happy my kids are appreciative of their mother. I even noticed a mother that I work with at Va. Tech got honored with her picture with her children in the Roanoke Times today. That's a special honor which I'm sure she'll treasure.
It's great we can take time to honor those ladies who have made such a difference in our lives and will contribute so much to all the lives that they touch.
Now it is off to the grocery store to find the ingredients for that Shrimp and Grits we've promised to the lady of the house.