I get regular friendly email reminders from FTD to tell me that I have a problem with procrastination. In my defense, it’s often just a case of being an inconsiderate boob being forgetful. Flowers say: a) I walked past the greeting card aisle three times, and was so focused on deodorant and Tootsie Pops that I forgot to stop and select some crappy card containing a heartfelt sentiment; or b) I’m out of stamps.
My mom lives in Arizona, and I don’t. My laughable budget doesn’t allow me to get much farther than the corner supermarket: a considerable distance from her house. Since I can’t be with her for Mother’s Day, I carry her in my heart.
Here are some of the things she taught me, that I have tried to pass along to my children. Editor’s note: I am not making this up.
Paddling is best done with a wooden spoon. It stings real good without leaving a mark that would alert child welfare authorities.
Chores should be a family affair. Just don’t drop the old barn on any member of the family while tearing it down.
Teach your children to do it right the first time. For example: the proper use of firearms should be exercised at all times if you live next to an international airport. (Obviously, this was before the days of Homeland Security).
Play with your children, even if it involves running around in the backyard throwing pancakes at each other. Don’t include syrup, because that would just be weird.
Teach your children proper nutrition. Stamp glue doesn’t count as a food group.
Finally, be sure to worship together–unless you find a church that provides a bus to whisk your kids to Sunday School while you sleep in.
I encourage you to cherish the memories, and show your heartfelt appreciation to the woman who bore you with those special words: Mom, your crappy card is in the mail.