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Remember mom on special day

We happen to know that she really wanted that last piece of cake and only said she wasn’t hungry so you wouldn’t feel guilty about having seconds.

And you’ve probably realized by now that you don’t have the artistic ability of a Rembrandt, so there was only one reason she taped your crayon masterpiece on the refrigerator door and kept it there for weeks before packing it carefully away in her keepsake box.

She probably still has that sketch, along with a couple of examples of pasta art, the handmade valentines, the poems you wrote and all the faded ribbons and other honors that you managed to win at camp and elementary school.

Who else do you know who holds you in such high esteem?

Did you think that silly cartoon movie that you loved so much is what she really wanted to watch on television — over and over again? She probably still knows all those songs by heart, along with the words to all those books that you once enjoyed “reading.”

Plus, she had the magic touch. No matter how much pain you thought you were in, she could banish it with one little kiss and her hugs could protect you from any threat.

Can you think of anyone else who always put you first, sacrificed so much to make you happy and never failed to come up with just the right pep talk to instill you with the courage you needed no matter what challenge you faced?

Yes, we’re talking about your Mom, and today is her day, so if you haven’t already made plans to honor her, you’d better get busy.

If you’re lucky enough to be near your mother today, we’d recommend a visit. You might want to take flowers, but it probably doesn’t matter that much because we know she’ll be glad to see you — just like always.

And you don’t have to move a mountain to make the visit special. Sometimes, just taking the time to rearrange your schedule to include her is all it takes for a celebration — how long has it been since you had one of those hugs?

You might also want to take your mother out to eat lunch or dinner. Sure, we know the restaurants will be crowded and she can cook better than anyone in town, but take her out and treat her today, even if it’s something simple like sharing time with you and the grandkids over a fast-food burger.

Honoring your mother doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, but it needs to be personal, and that means that you need to be involved. Show a little creativity for a change and do something to make her feel special. We know you can do it.

We’d like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to mothers everywhere on their special day. We hope Mother’s Day 2013 bring you joy and many blessings.

Mothers have been celebrated throughout the ages and were held in high esteem long before Julia Ward Howe first issued her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 and Anna Jarvis created the current holiday in the early 1900s.

Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official national holiday in 1914, but like we said, it’s not the big stuff that’s important at times like this.

What counts is that you remember your mother today — let her know that you love her and thank her for all she’s done.

She’s a special lady.