Have a happy Mother’s Day

A very heartfelt happy Mother’s Day along with roses, hugs and smooches for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult.

Granted, there are many “bad” moms out there. We all know who they are. This tribute isn’t for them. But aren’t we lucky to have oh so many great moms around here? There are no age boundaries. A parent is always a parent. And the good ones realize that and pass it along to their children — with heaps of love shown throughout the years in so many ways.

Mother’s Day should be 365 days a year (or 366 during a leap year!). The best moms deserve that. Those of you out there who have the pleasure and fortune to still have a great mother should remember that. Shame on those who took solid, value-grounded parenting for granted and won’t even bother to send a card, flowers or pay a visit today. You should thank mom everyday including on her special day. Yes, give some roses, hugs and kisses — the real kind and maybe some of those Hershey kisses too!

Those of us who had wonderful mothers but now must visit a cemetery would love to have them back even for a fleeting moment. And a memo to all the young moms: save all those elementary school “masterpieces” that your child creates and colors in the classroom for you and proudly presents on occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Trust us on this one: way down along your life’s road, you will smile softly while wiping a tear away when looking at a yellowing and tattered-around-the-edges “card” your now adult boy or girl created for you many years ago. Go ahead and keep it adorning the refrigerator door. It is all part of the cycle of life. Cherish this day before it goes away for another year.