Choosing a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day

Carla Harmon
May 17, 2017

$23.6 billion - That's how much United States consumers are expected to spend to celebrate Mother's Day this year, as they shower moms with cards, flowers, clothing, jewelry, and meals, according to the National Retail Federation.

Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", also has been credited with suggesting a "mother's day", as she organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace about 130 years ago. She always amazed me how she took things in stride, stepped up to the plate, carried on no matter what.

I thought it would be fun to share some facts about American mothers today. It's time we appreciate our mothers and spend some time with her so she could feel better at least for a while.

These and a million other memories, no doubt, will come to me this Sunday as I remember my Mom on Mother's Day.


To those mothers in our community, Happy Mother's Day. She is the person you can depend upon to stand beside you anytime you need her.

And more than 37 percent people voted saying that they would like to give their mother a handwritten letter.

The holiday is observed on the new moon day in the month of Baisakh, i.e., April/May. I was curious as to the origins of this day, so I did what you do in 2017.

I know it's frightening, I could tell by the pain in your eyes when the rent was late again.


Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? While we follow nearly the same pattern every year, the history of Mother's day gets ignored and the idea of it is killed.

I am no exception; my Mother sacrificed everything to ensure that her children were afforded opportunities she didn't have.

Their story is quite literally the story of Mother's Day. Mother is the first teacher.

I also grew up with a Mr. Mom: Dad, thank you for always being there for me while I was growing into a woman. A day is not enough to express gratitude for all she has done for us. And to those daughters and sons, cherish your time with her and take time out to celebrate Sunday. Please forgive us, but we did our best. She felt that Mother's Day was being exploited by businesses for their own profits. I told her, "You know, Mom, God loved you first".


I have raised two boys, and I can only hope that some of those same life lessons she taught me have been instilled into them.

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