Tomorrow is the day. Moms from Maine to California will be saluted. Since the early days of the 20th century, American calendars have proclaimed a day to celebrate motherhood.
One day a year, of course, is not enough to express adequate appreciation for good mothers. Still, it provides an annual reminder for children to acknowledge their dear mothers in a special way.
The Warren boys are aware of this approaching Mother’s Day. They aren’t quite sure what tokens they may offer. Could it be flowers? Candy? A family meal prepared by someone other than their mom? Or some other appropriate gift? They’ll leave that up to their dad. After all, they’re young fellows and somewhat without opportunity to make those decisions.
That doesn’t mean, though, the three children of Bart and Laura Warren won’t be celebrating the occasion with their mother. Perhaps they will simply tell her what they recently shared with me in conversation. That would be quite a tribute.
Jet and Ike are 7-year-old twins. They look so much alike I wondered if even they sometimes got themselves confused.
Jet spoke with me first, telling me his mom was a good mother who loved him.
“How does she express this?”
“‘Cause when we take a family trip, she folds my clothes and packs things. She cares for me.”
He said his mom, a former English teacher, frequently reads chapter books aloud to them. He indicated that during those readings she was inclined to offer plenty of background information.
“She smiles a lot and laughs a lot and makes me happy and tells me I’m special,” Jet said.
“Do you believe her?”
“I do kinda-sorta.”
Ike agrees. “Mom loves us and cares for us. She does it all the time. I’m not kidding!”
“How do you think she learned to be such a good mother.”
At first, Ike shrugged his shoulders. Then he suggested that she might have learned from her mother.
Four-year-old Jake said he liked it when his mom “plays with me. We play with Batman and Robin toys. Sometimes she’s Batgirl.”
“What else does she do for you that you like?”
“She makes lasagna,” he licked his lips as he said that, then added, “with lots of cheese.”
One of the twins (I couldn’t be sure which one since they were dressed in the same baseball uniforms) gave this advice to be a successful mother: “Encourage and love your kids.”
He added, “It’s hard to be a mama—even harder to be a daddy.”
Since this was a conversation about Mother’s Day, we didn’t get into the daddy part. We could talk about that in June.