The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Family

May 15, 2006

5-14 Apparently So parenting column by Craig Harris

Let’s face it, moms are amazing. I’m glad we take this day to honor and remember them. I mean, come on, we wouldn’t even have life without them. Then, once we were born, the fun was just beginning. When you think of your mom you think of sacrifice.

They put aside their own comfort to make sure we are happy, healthy, fed, comfortable, clean, clothed, disciplined, literate, polite, advised, presentable, content, warm, bandaged, encouraged, soothed, rested and on time.

The husband and wife were sitting in their chairs watching the late night news. He looks over and says, "I think I’ll go to bed." She says, "Yeah, me too." He gets up and goes to bed. She picks out the kids’ clothes and irons them; puts the dishes in the washer and starts it; takes towels from the dryer and folds them; feeds the dog; puts out the cat; signs her son’s homework paper; fills out a PTA form; reads a story to her daughter who is trying to get to sleep; straightens the books and magazines; turns off the lights and TV, then, an hour later, goes to bed.

It’s more than a full-time job and it never quite ends.

Someone put a monetary price on it recently. It was six figures — more than $120,000 per year. They figured the price of maid service, nursing, catering, transportation, laundry service, etc., plus all of the overtime. Yep, that sounds about right. In fact, it’s probably a conservative figure. Let’s be honest, moms are priceless.

So today, we have to try to figure out how to put a dollar figure on what our moms mean to us. We need to buy them something nice to show how much we love them. This is a daunting task. There’s no way we can give them something expensive enough to show what they really mean. We couldn’t afford it if we found such an item, but you know moms: whatever we give them will be wonderful so long as it’s heart-felt — and a hug and "love you" goes with it.

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