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The hunt for the perfect gift

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I don’t like Mother’s Day.
There. I said it.
Now, before you put down the paper and pick up the phone to call my mother and tell her how much I hate her, hear me out.
I love my mom. We spend a lot of time together doing what we love — shopping, going to the movies and traveling. She does a lot for me, without even thinking of getting anything in return. Like, a lot! So to me, it’s not fair that she and all the busy, hard-working mothers out there get only one day of honor. Every day should be Mother’s Day! 
While I may not like the day, I’m not an animal, so we do celebrate. And I always try to go big as a way to show my thanks, so my preparations begin a month in advance. 
“Mom, Mother’s Day is coming up, what would you like,” I ask toward the beginning of March. And she says the same thing. 
Every. Single. Year.
“Oh, I don’t need anything, honey,” she says in that syrupy sweet voice. “I just want a nice day with my daughter and husband.”
First of all, that right there is a lie. 
Why does she want to spend any more time with us than she has to? We’re slobs! We leave our dishes in the sink once we’re done with them, somehow never able to rinse them out and put them in the dishwasher which is only six inches away from the sink. We leave food out on the counter, forcing Mom to pick up after us after we have left the house. I’m guilty of leaving a trail of shoes up the stairs, making Mom walk around them until I put them away, which is sometimes days after I wear them. She even has to put up with the cats, which are constantly tripping her and getting in her way. They may or may not be trying to kill her, but that’s a story for another time.

I don’t like Mother’s Day.

There. I said it.

Now, before you put down the paper and pick up the phone to call my mother and tell her how much I hate her, hear me out.

I love my mom. We spend a lot of time together doing what we love — shopping, going to the movies and traveling. She does a lot for me, without even thinking of getting anything in return. Like, a lot! So to me, it’s not fair that she and all the busy, hard-working mothers out there get only one day of honor. Every day should be Mother’s Day! 

While I may not like the day, I’m not an animal, so we do celebrate. And I always try to go big as a way to show my thanks, so my preparations begin a month in advance. 

“Mom, Mother’s Day is coming up, what would you like,” I ask toward the beginning of March. And she says the same thing. 

Every. Single. Year.

“Oh, I don’t need anything, honey,” she says in that syrupy sweet voice. “I just want a nice day with my daughter and husband.”

First of all, that right there is a lie. 

Why does she want to spend any more time with us than she has to? We’re slobs! We leave our dishes in the sink once we’re done with them, somehow never able to rinse them out and put them in the dishwasher which is only six inches away from the sink. We leave food out on the counter, forcing Mom to pick up after us after we have left the house. I’m guilty of leaving a trail of shoes up the stairs, making Mom walk around them until I put them away, which is sometimes days after I wear them. She even has to put up with the cats, which are constantly tripping her and getting in her way. They may or may not be trying to kill her, but that’s a story for another time.

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