So what are you going to do? After all, for many families these days money is tight and special extras are hard to come by. Is there anything you can do that will be special but not break an already stretched budget?
Luckily for you, yes there is but, I warn you, it will take some effort and time but the end result is a gift for Mom that will be special because it took a lot of thought and action. Get the kids together and make a project out of giving Mom the day off tomorrow. And, if you're really ambitious you can start today and give her the entire weekend off.
Start with telling Mom she doesn't have to do the grocery shopping, a common Saturday event. Tell her to relax and enjoy that book she's been meaning to read or whatever her personal hobby might be. Load up the kids, go to the store and get all the weekly supplies. And then, when you come back home, assign tasks to clean the house. If you get things organized it really isn't that difficult and you'll be done in no time.
If you're not a passing cook, nowadays it's easy to find good items that are pre-prepared so that it's easy to make a good meal that she'll love. If you're Southern, it might be fried chicken. I don't care what the thought and health police think, the Sunday chicken dinner is, as they say, "finger lickin' good". And even if you get the main course already prepared, you can certainly make the side dishes and, for a nice finish, how about a rich chocolate brownie with a scoop of rich ice cream on top.
To make the most of tomorrow, have everything ready to just heat up on that special day and if you want to make it super special you can put out a good linen tablecloth and your good china and flatware. The only other thing you will need are some beautiful flowers. If you have your own garden as we do, nothing is prettier than placing some of your home grown beauties in a nice vase as a centerpiece. If you have roses, they are always special.
If you have the menu prepared and ready to go, all of the tableware lined up and set, flowers at hand and watered by late today, tomorrow will be a snap. You can get up, get ready and go to church which usually offers a special message on Mother's Day, and when you get home she'll get to enjoy a special meal, one prepared with love by her appreciative family. Then, when all are done, assign the kids clean up which surprisingly is quite easy when things were set up in advance, and then everyone can enjoy a nice afternoon with Mom.
Trust me about one thing, she will be much more appreciative for your time and effort than any fancy restaurant and expensive gift could provide. And, if because of your planning you have a little extra moolah set aside, surprise her.
This all might sound kind of plain and corny to you but giving of yourself is by far the best gift of love that you can ever give someone else. She'll love you for it and, as you'll quickly become aware, you'll be proud of yourself for what you've done. It's the way families were in the old days and I think it's time to bring it back.
God bless you all as you get ready for the Big Day. Now get to work.