ROY KENT: Honor the moms in your life this Sunday
Attention everyone who has a mom: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14.
Nowadays, it is a holiday where you spend a ton of money on your mom, buying her things she doesn’t really need or want, or waiting on line at some eatery for hours on end. It is really not all that memorable.
I have never been a big fan of commercialization of holidays. A day like Mother’s Day is not one where you should try to shower your mom with monetary items. It is a day to honor her, don’t let her do anything around the house and take care of her.
When Mother’s Day started a little more than a century ago, Anna Jarvis envisioned setting aside a day to honor all mothers. Jarvis believed mothers did more for their children than anyone else.
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day as a national holiday.
Jarvis lamented the commercialization of the holiday in her day. In the 1920s, greeting card companies created lines of Mother’s Day cards. Jarvis believed handwritten letters were the gifts that should be shared, not trinkets and bobbles or pre-made cards.
She would be completely appalled by the current state of Mother’s Day.
Long lines at restaurants - where you can reserve a place in line with a cell phone app - coupled with tents filled with flowers for those last-minute gift buyers, or text messages taking the place of pre-made cars would not be greeted with glee by Jarvis.
Moms deserve to be honored and in this day of ever-advancing technology, a handwritten and heartfelt letter would be much more appreciated.
My mother raised three boys and I can say that I have not adequately appreciated what she did while I was growing up. Like many military moms, she raised us without the presence of a father who was stationed away from us a few times during his Army career.
My wife raised two boys, many times without help from me as I put in long hours traveling to cover sporting events. She is a great mom.
The roles of moms over the years has changed. Mostly gone are the days when moms stay at home and raise their children. Many moms have to work to help make ends meet. It is tough to be a mom a lot of times.
Around Houston, there are a lot of places you can take the mom, or moms, in your life this Sunday. You will face thousands of people with the exact same idea. Your mom may want that this weekend. You should probably clear it with mom first. It is her day and it should be about what she wants this Sunday.
Honor your mom this Sunday; make your mom smile; and give her something heartfelt. That will go much farther than anything you can buy.