Whenever Mother’s Day rolled around, my mother used to say: “This is stupid. You should show love to your mother each and every day.”

She was right. And wrong.

We should express our love each and every day. Absolutely. But, life happens. We are busy. We are annoyed. We have to deal with challenges. It’s tough to show deeply felt love every waking moment. So, we don’t hug the kid as hard as we should. We don’t tell the ones closest to our heart “I love you” every time we leave them.

Mother’s Day is what you make of it.

You can buy balloons, flowers and chocolate. You can treat it as a checkbox day. Or you can make an effort to get out of your way to express your love to your mother/wife. You can define it as another commercial holiday or as a day where you make that special person feel really special.

Anna Jarvis, the power behind the official establishment of Mother’s Day, opposed the selling of flowers and also the use of greeting cards: “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy write.” She wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit.

Your call.

Happy Mother’s Day.