l Visit your mother, whether you live near or far. Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day, proposed that a special visit to Mom would be an appropriate symbol of dedication to mother in honor of her day.
l Call her on the phone. These days, when families are separated by hundreds of miles and e-mail is so accessible, we need a little push to pick up the phone. So dial those digits!
l Get out that camera and snap some shots of Mom with her children, grandchildren or you. E-mail them to her, or frame them for a gift that will be sure to last a lifetime.
l Take Mom out on the town - see a movie, drive around the country or play a round of golf. Do something that she thoroughly enjoys.
l Get Mom out of the kitchen and into a restaurant for brunch or dinner. She deserves the day off, especially if she's the family chef every other day of the year.
l Give Mom a gift that's just for her. It doesn't have to be big or expensive - just something that says "I appreciate you" and reflects her taste and style. It's the thought and love behind that gift that's most meaningful to her.
l Send her a paper card - not one that's e-mailed or store-bought. Jarvis proposed that we write Mom a letter just for her on Mother's Day. Letter writing is more personal than a greeting card.
You can start just about any tradition to mark Mother's Day. However you decide to express your feelings, do it in a way that fits your mother's style, and Mother's Day will be an unforgettable experience for both of you.