If you watch television at all, which I try not to do too much, the advertisers on there would have you believe that you have to spend a fortune on a mom to make her happy for Mother's Day. Advertisements for diamonds and cars and who knows what else abound. Expensive flower arrangements that will die in a few days are marketed as being the ticket for that special mom's happiness.
What. A. Load. Of. Crap!
Motherhood is the most overworked and underpaid (financially, not in rewards) position in the universe! Jobs outside the home, at the end of your shift, you get to punch out and go home. Motherhood never stops! There are no sick days--even if Mom is the sickest one in the house, she still has to take care of everyone else. There are no vacation days--even if the family goes on vacation, Mom's still on duty taking care of the family.
So you know what I bet every single mom in the world would like more than anything else? A day off!!! I'm not saying that moms don't want to spend Mother's Day with their family, although I'm sure some wouldn't mind a day out with girlfriends or something rather than spending it at home or doing something with the family, but I am quite sure that moms would like to not spend that day doing any cooking, cleaning, or anything else remotely caretaker like!
A nice start might be to make the special mom a nice breakfast in bed. Pancakes or even French toast aren't really that hard to make, but it would make that mom feel very loved that you went through that effort. After breakfast, or even while she's still eating, maybe do whatever she would normally do for household tasks. Around my house, dishes and laundry are daily things, so someone else doing them for once would be amazing. Having the kids pick up their things and maybe someone running the vacuum would probably be downright elating for mom as well! Then, after all that is done, maybe doing something fun together would put a topper on the day and make it the best day of her life.
And you know what? The whole thing was free.
Since I said pancakes and French toast are easy, probably should give you the recipes, huh? These are both adapted from Betty Crocker's classic cookbook.
1 egg, beaten until fluffy
1 cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, or a blend)
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Grease the skillet with butter. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat (to 375 degrees). Beat together all ingredients except for butter. For each pancake, pour a small amount, 1/4 or less, onto the hot griddle. Cook pancakes until dry around the edges then flip over and cook the other side until they are golden brown.
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
about 9 pieces of bread
Grease griddle or skillet with butter and heat over medium heat or to 375 degrees. Beat together remaining ingredients except bread. Dip bread in the egg mixture until both sides are completely coated. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.