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Moms deserve more than one day a year

Posted May 12,2006

Angie Gangi
News Editor

She is a slave to her job. She works night and day. She works as the maid, the cook, the taxi driver, the nurse, the baker, the candle stick maker…O.K., maybe not the candlestick maker, but she would do anything for you and never asks for anything in return. She does it all for free and, if you ask her, she would say it is the most rewarding job in the world.

Who is this crazy woman? She’s Mom.

Sunday is her day – according to Hallmark.

Mother’s Day is the one day each year that is reserved especially for mom. With the millions of things she has done for you since before you took your first breath, you would think she would deserve more than one day a year.

But really it’s all about the cards, diamonds and flowers that will drain your wallet and “show mom how much you care.”

My six-year-old daughter has been caught by the advertisers’ hooks and now she wants to get me “a thousand presents.” I know she is working on a secret gift at school, mostly because she reminds me everyday that it’s a secret and I can’t know about it.

My mom has never wanted the diamond pendants or expensive earrings that are advertised as the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. She’s not like that. She has always valued thoughtful gifts that take time and effort to imagine and create.

This year, I tried to remember something my mom has mentioned or hinted she would like as a gift. I didn’t have to think about it very long because it’s the same year after year.

The one thing she always says she wants is a family picture. She would like for her three kids and two grandkids to come together and she wants the moment captured in a photograph.

I will make sure my mom gets that picture, has a great day and knows how much we appreciate all that she has done for us.

I know from experience the joys and challenges that come with being a mom. My daughter is the greatest joy in my life and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Every smile and every laugh is magical. Each crayon covered paper she hands me with a look of pride is a work of art in my eyes.

But these beautiful moments come with guilt. I feel guilty for taking night classes, leaving her at day care for longer than four hours, not remembering every little thing and so much more. No one told me being a mom makes you feel like you’re doing everything wrong.

If you don’t have kids and you don’t understand, you will someday and when you finally do—you will appreciate your mom so much more. It is a thankless job but she keeps doing the best she can, day after day, year
after year.

So this Mother’s Day, this one day a year, I urge you to remember to call your mom, write to her, drive to her house, buy her that singing card or send her a text message—actually don’t be that lame, but do something. Let her know that you appreciate her and all she has done and continues to do.

One of my favorite books says it simply and perfectly: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.”

So, to my mom and all the moms out there – Thanks for all that you do, we wouldn’t be anything without you.

Angie Gangi, a senior broadcast journalism major, is news editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at agangi@ulv.edu.