Make this a special day, your mom deserves it

Today is the day set aside annually to give our mothers the royal treatment they deserve.

Lots of phone calls will be placed, many women will be treated to dinner at a restaurant, flowers and other gifts will be purchased and youngsters will create hand-made cards celebrating their love for the leading lady in their lives.

But Mother’s Day didn’t start out as a reason to dig deep into our pockets to display affection for Mom.

Anna M. Jarvis, who never married and was very attached to her mother, is credited with originating the holiday in the United States in 1908.

In later years, Miss Jarvis turned against her own creation, feeling it had become too commercialized. “This is not what I intended,” she said. “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit”

If Miss Jarvis were alive today, she’d be shocked to learn that millions of dollars are spent for everything from flowers and dinners to spa packages and cellphones on Mother’s Day. But moms are worth every penny of it.

Despite the proliferation of expensive gifts associated with the day, we believe the holiday has retained its sentiment.

Most mothers are just as touched by the thoughtfulness of a youngster presenting a fresh-picked bouquet of dandelions and a homemade card as they are by gifts worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Regardless of what you spend, if you’re fortunate enough to still have your mother on this Earth, be sure you show her your gratitude and appreciation today. After all, she is the only one whose love is truly unconditional. Make a fuss over her. She deserves it.

Happy Mother’s Day!