This is a very difficult holiday for me. Should I buy my mother something she neither needs or wants and will never use? Yet another pair of pajamas? More clothes for her overflowing closets? Jewelry that will collect dust in a box on her dresser? Perfume for the few times she goes out? Flowers? Plants that my father will have to tend?
This year, I pledge my time. I will take my mother shopping. I will call her (not Dad). I will of myself to her. And I will make a donation to flood relief in her honor.
Plus, a nice card.