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If you're a young person, we can tell you one certainty about your relationship with your mother:

You haven't done enough to thank her.

If you're an older person, we have a slightly different thing to say:

Whatever you will do, it will never be enough for everything she's done.

In each case, though, there's always room and the possibility for improvement.

Today is something quite basic: A specific point during the year we set aside to thank all mothers for their efforts. It's not too much to ask, and we should all be capable of giving much more.

We really shouldn't even need the reminder. Considering the hundreds of tasks we matter-of-factly expect mothers to tackle and master, we should be handing them plaques and certificates of honor and achievement.

We shouldn't stop at a simple “Thanks, mom,” either. Give mom at least one specific that you recognize has played a significant role in your growth as a person, or something you both know only she could have done.

None of us should have any problems coming up with those. Mothers accomplish dozens, if not hundreds, of those quietly helpful bits of assistance, guidance and encouragement on a daily basis.

Motherhood is a lifetime job. There's no point at which a mother stops being a mother. Mother is a lifetime job to the core. Every child — of whatever age — needs to realize that as well.

Met with an onslaught of spring- and summer-season days commemorating other things — Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, July 4th — many children (maybe even you) have bemoaned the lack of existence of a “Kid's Day,” only to be told “Every day is Kid's Day.”

That may be true. But let's skip it for today. Maybe every day should really be Mother's Day.

But for starters, give mom that “Thank you,” and one or more of those specifics, a true “thank you” gift personalized from you to your mom.

She may like it even more than a combination of breakfast in bed, a card and some flowers, and a pleasant evening meal.


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