This is the toughest Mother’s Day we’ve had in America during my lifetime.
So many are struggling financially. With 70,000 or more deaths now due to Covid-19, this Mother’s Day will be the hardest day ever for a lot of families. There will be an empty chair at the table. Millions of Americans have moms in nursing homes. Their moms are in danger of being exposed to Covid-19. People will probably not be able to visit mother because she is in the nursing home. This is painful. There are just so many distressing scenarios being played out around the world. From health care workers who are at risk, to unemployment and a new era of poverty hitting out country, to people just going crazy over social distancing.
Then there are the restaurants, which typically have their biggest day on Mother’s Day. Even in states that are wide open for dining there is the problem of social distancing. Can you imagine going to a restaurant that only is allowed 25% occupancy or maybe 50% occupancy at best? Many states will still be closed tight adding further pain to the economic dilemma of business owners across America.
This year to celebrate mom’s day you still can patronize your favorite restaurant by ordering from them and bringing the food back home. This will still take some pressure off mom. Also, insist on cleaning up the mess when it’s over. Mom shouldn’t have to do this on Mother’s Day,
Of course the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year is don’t forget. Don’t distance yourself from this celebration. Honor mom while you have her. Honor some other mothers too who have been special to you.
When I was a child, I had $5 my dad gave me for being “brave” to have my tonsils removed. The only thing I wanted to do as a child was to take mom and dad to the local G.C. Murphy’s grill. We sat at the bar and we all had hotdogs and cokes that cost me about $3. My mom didn’t want me to spend my $5 but she smiled when I bought lunch that day as a 7-year-old kid.
I would love to have mom back today and do anything that might make her smile.
Mom is worth the effort.
Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books and his syndicated column is read in all 50 states. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com.