Mother’s Day

This year we celebrate our Mothers on Sunday, May 12th. According to Wikipedia.org, the first Mother’s Day celebration was held in this country in 1908.

Mother's Day CardI was able to spend some time with my mother, Gloria Winters, today. I had my Mom and some family over for a cookout. (That’s my Dad, Dick Winters, and Mom in the picture above.)

This year, one of the things I purchased for my Mom was a very cool pop-up card from a company called LovePop. The card had a blank little pull-out for you to write something personal. That meant I had to come up with something to say in the card.

Now I’ve never been very good at writing sappy things like on the inside of a Mother’s Day card. So, what should I write?

Mother's Day Card InsideHere’s what I came up with…

“They say the first thing a duckling sees — it adopts as its ‘mother’. The same thing happened to me! You were the first thing I saw! Happy Mother’s Day!”

Wow! I thought was pretty good! Maybe I have a new career ahead of me as a card writer…but then again, probably not!

What did you do for dear old Mom?

This year total spending is expected to reach $25 billion, up from $23.1 billion last year. We will spend an average of $196, compared to $180 last year. Those between the ages of 35-44 will spend the most at an average of $248, up from $224 last year. And believe it or not, men are likely to spend more than women — $237 vs. $158.

What will we be buying for mom?

  • Greeting cards: 75%
  • Flowers: 67%
  • Special outing: 55%
  • Gift cards: 45%
  • Clothing: 38%
  • Jewelry: 35%
  • Personal service (like a spa treatment): 24%
  • Housewares or gardening tools: 20%
  • Books/music: 20%
  • Electronics: 15%
  • Other: 24%

Another interesting survey asked who you would want to play your Mother in a movie. Here is what people said:

  1. Meryl Streep
  2. Sally Field
  3. Julia Roberts
  4. Jennifer Lopez
  5. Angelina Jolie

If I had to pick from that list, I would say Sally Field is probably the most like my Mother.

And a new survey found that 38% of mothers say they want to hear from their kids a few times a week…instead of just on Mother’s Day. So don’t forget to call mom from time to time. She’s waiting for your call!

And if you haven’t seen the video I did for Mother’s Day a few years ago — here it is. And yes, that is my Mother’s actual voice in the video…

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