Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 9, 2014

OUR VIEW: A simple ‘thank you’ often goes long way

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

— Tomorrow, we honor our mothers – which we should be doing all the time, but doing it one day a year is far better than doing it no times a year.

There’s something different about Mother’s Day, at least in comparison to Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day or any of the other days set aside to remind us to say thank you to the people who matter most. That’s because mothers are different – in so many families, the mother is the glue that holds the entire operation together. They are nurses, teachers, bankers, maids, chefs, chauffeurs, coaches, disciplinarians and counselors, and many do all that on top of – and before, and during, and after – working their “real” jobs. Because mothers are professionals, too.

Mother’s Day feels different simply because we realize how valuable our mothers – or our mother figures – really are. So it’s a shame when the run-up to this spring Sunday seems dominated each year by grumbling about finding gifts or making meal plans. We’re all guilty of that. Even mothers themselves.

That stuff, however, isn’t the point of Mother’s Day. The focus tomorrow shouldn’t be making sure our mothers are sufficiently stuffed with food or showered with new possessions (although those things are certainly nice).

Instead, remember to pause for a moment just to say thanks. Many moms never ask for it, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it.