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Sun May 13, 2012, 10:05 PM

 

What did you get your mother for Mother's Day?

or for Mothers...

What did you receive and did you like it?

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Reply What did you get your mother for Mother's Day? (Original post)
Cave_Johnson May 2012 OP
TlalocW May 2012 #1
iemitsu May 2012 #2
Stargazer09 May 2012 #3
applegrove May 2012 #4
Gidney N Cloyd May 2012 #5
RB TexLa May 2012 #6
renate May 2012 #26
shanti May 2012 #7
riderinthestorm May 2012 #8
scarletwoman May 2012 #9
mrmpa May 2012 #10
vanlassie May 2012 #11
renate May 2012 #27
vanlassie May 2012 #50
EFerrari May 2012 #12
a la izquierda May 2012 #13
Arugula Latte May 2012 #20
a la izquierda May 2012 #33
renate May 2012 #28
a la izquierda May 2012 #32
MiniMe May 2012 #14
Blue_In_AK May 2012 #15
blueamy66 May 2012 #16
lynne May 2012 #17
PassingFair May 2012 #18
Arugula Latte May 2012 #19
qazplm May 2012 #21
Cave_Johnson May 2012 #39
Woody Woodpecker May 2012 #22
Vehl May 2012 #23
HeiressofBickworth May 2012 #24
ohheckyeah May 2012 #25
eridani May 2012 #29
renate May 2012 #30
DiverDave May 2012 #31
Raven May 2012 #34
proud2BlibKansan May 2012 #35
nadine_mn May 2012 #36
JustAnotherGen May 2012 #37
UnrepentantLiberal May 2012 #38
mnhtnbb May 2012 #40
Cave_Johnson May 2012 #41
mnhtnbb May 2012 #47
jillan May 2012 #49
unkachuck May 2012 #42
annm4peace May 2012 #43
Aerows May 2012 #44
ellie May 2012 #45
flamingdem May 2012 #46
marlakay May 2012 #48

Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:09 PM

1. I'm visiting her

She's in assisted living, and when I come to visit, I break her out of here a lot. I'm going to take her out to dinner a few times - tonight she just wanted to go to Subways.

TlalocW

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:34 PM

2. i visited my mom in the next town (about 30 miles)

and brought her several heather plants. i weeded and planted the heather.
the weather was perfect. one brother brought clams. we ate too much.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:58 PM

3. My mom has been gone for many years

But my children have been quite sweet to me today. Thank you for asking.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:01 PM

4. I got her a pretty flowered note pad and flowered pen. And a book of jokes aimed at the middle aged.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:04 PM

5. She got a rock.

Several in fact, like about 30 sq. ft. worth of 'em.
Mom said this year instead of flowers she'd like some decorative rock put in some areas near her front door.
Cost was about the same as I'd have spent on the flowers, not counting all the Advil I'll be popping the next couple of days...

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:05 PM

6. No one really left living in my family, just another Sunday.

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #6)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:45 AM

26. family isn't just the people you grew up with

You still have people in your life (for example, right here on DU!) who love and care for you. Still, I know what you mean.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:06 PM

7. mom has a sweet tooth

so i got her some shari's berries. she liked them at 80, i know i don't have that many mother's days to share with her...

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:06 PM

8. I gave my mom a japanese cast iron garden light

that I found at a farm auction this past year. Extremely intricate and designed to hold a candle - that sucker weighed a ton!

My daughter made me breakfast in bed (mocha and an english muffin with some of my own homemade raspberry jam - perfect!)

My husband clearly completely forgot about the holiday until someone reminded him at about 1. He hightailed it outta here to the store and brought home flowers.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:07 PM

9. Flowers for her gravesite.

It comforts my 85-year old dad for my sisters and I to do that.

For myself, I got an early morning phone call from my oldest son, who lives in Anchorage. It was a surprise because there's a 3-hour time difference, and I didn't expect he'd be up so early. I didn't hear from my other son, who lives in Chicago, but we just spoke at length a couple days ago, and I was gone most of the day today.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:42 PM

10. Yesterday I took my Mom for a ride to a town about 45 miles away ........

we've been there before but not for about 2 years. We stopped at the Farmer's market. She bought some pork she wanted, some lunchmeat, breads, fruit and vegetables. There were Mennonites making and selling doughnuts. They are AWESOMELY DELICIOUS!! And they are huge. We then bought some ice cream and came home. She said several times yesterday and today that she had an enjoyable day.

Today she saw 4 of her grandchildren, talked to another, saw & spoke to her 3 sons, and one daughter-in-law came over with flowers from her garden.

Mom (82 years old) said she had a most wonderful weekend.

I also gave her a pin for her jacket, it's from the town in Poland where her father was born.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:53 PM

11. I was born on Mothers Day in 1952

Making Friday my 60th. I came to visit my son and daughter in law and three yo grandson. We planned dinner at my favorite place but an hour before my 8.5 month pregnant daughter in law spiked a fever and went in to the hospital and I stayed up very late with my grandson. She's still in the hospital and my son and I are just trying to keep the little guy happy and calm without mom. I am so grateful to be able to be here and help.

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #11)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:47 AM

27. that must be a little scary for you and your son...

But it's good she's in a place where professionals are taking great care of her. Hope she recovers well and the rest of her pregnancy (what's left of it) goes smoothly.

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Response to renate (Reply #27)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:10 PM

50. Thanks- she stayed three days but is back home now-

we'll celebrate my birthday after the baby is born! (And his!)

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:55 PM

12. i got Rosie a pair of binoculars.

She loves birds and it's high season for birdwatching right now. Actually got two pairs so we can do it together.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:55 PM

13. A handmade teapot...

That I unfortunately get to hand deliver this week. My grandfather died today- my mom's dad.

Awful mother's day for my mom, grandma, and aunts.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #13)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:47 AM

20. I'm sorry.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #20)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:02 AM

33. Thanks.

He was really sick, so his passing was swift, merciful, and expected.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #13)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:50 AM

28. I'm sorry

A lovely gift on such a terribly sad day. I'm really sorry, but I'm also glad you were there to be with them.

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Response to renate (Reply #28)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:00 AM

32. Thanks, but I'm not there yet.

Traveling is a logistical nightmare for me, as my mom knows. And grandad was in hospice, so seeing him would have been somewhat difficult. But my mom's family is huge, which is generally serving as a source of comfort.

And he was terribly sick, so his swift passing was a blessing.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:57 PM

14. I got my mom a Kindle

It will be great for her when she goes on vacation.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:05 AM

15. My mother and stepmother are deceased.

From my daughters and three oldest grandsons, I got telephone calls and best wishes. That's all I wanted.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:05 AM

16. Nothing.

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She's gone.

Hate mother's day

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:29 AM

17. Hanging plants for my mom -

- and my children got my mother some plants. Hubby gave me a necklace. Children gave me a shirt and some plants. Took lunch to mom's house and then sat around and looked at old photos.

A fine day.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:43 AM

18. Made dinner. Gave her...

A picture in a "MOM" frame, of all of us "kids".

An historical romance book I found at Costco.

A tube of "dry shampoo".

She like them all.

I RECEIVED two vintage china cabinets and a mirror
from my husband.

LOVE THEM!!!

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:46 AM

19. A card, an email and a phone call.

Honestly, my mom is working hard trying to get rid of stuff and I believe her when she tells me she truly wants nothing tangible.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 01:16 AM

21. LEMONS!

little Portal joke there for Cave.

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Response to qazplm (Reply #21)

Mon May 14, 2012, 09:08 PM

39. A man of so many amazing words...

 

-Alright this next test may involve trace amounts of time travel. So word of advice: if you meet yourself on the testing track don't make eye contact. Lab boys tell me that'll wipe out time - entirely. Forward and backward. So do both of yourselves a favor and let that handsome devil go about his business.

-We haven't entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I'll tell you this: it's a lively one and it does not like the human skeleton.

-Those of you helping us test the repulsion gel today, just follow the blue line on the floor. Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news: bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.

-The lab boys say that might be a fear reaction. I'm no psychiatrist, but coming from a bunch of eggheads who wouldn't recognize the thrill of danger if it walked up and snapped their little pink bras, that sounds like projection.

- Cave Johnson (The Original)

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 01:24 AM

22. Local store brand maple syrup

 

per her request for pancake breakfast that I made.

Next time I'm buying the Vermont maple syrup.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 01:49 AM

23. nothing :)

I do not believe in the mother's day, father's day....etcetc'days.

(PS: I hasten to add that this post is in no way meant to be a criticism of those who celebrate these days)

Imho our parents should be loved and treated with respect everyday of our lives. Therefore I see no need for having a special day to show my appreciation to my mother. My parents believe the same too, and If I were to give my mom a gift/do something for her on mother's day, she would be pretty pissed, and berate me for falling prey to the "commercialization" of relationships.



I think that mother's day/father's day/valentines day/fillintheblanks-day have become too sensationalized. I know I might sound old fashioned, but I do know that my parents know how much I love and care for them, without me having to display it to them on a special day every year. They also know that they need not worry about their future/old age when they retire, because we kids would take care of them.

I do know that a lot of people do care for their parents every single day of their lives, but also go ahead and do something special for them on mothers/fathers day.. however I've also seen some who never care about their parents, except on mother's/father's day.

To me, Every day is mother's day
Happy Mother's day

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 02:20 AM

24. Had a good day

My daughter made me my favorite breakfast: Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream and sausages. She then took me to see the movie Dark Shadows. Over the years I've told her that when she was a baby, I would sit in a rocking chair to nurse her and watch Dark Shadows. She loves Johnny Depp. So we both enjoyed the movie.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:02 AM

25. My siblings and I got my

mom a Kindle, Kindle cover and a $25 gift card for books. Also bought a chocolate cake and ice cream and spent the day with her.


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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:52 AM

29. Thoughts and memories--wish she were still here n/t

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 04:26 AM

30. nothing, and nothing, and that's just fine with both of us

My mom doesn't expect anything, and I don't either. We're very close and we're both very not-into Mother's Day, etc, so although we happened to be together today, it was no big deal.

I wonder whether, once she's gone, I'll miss her more than usual on Mother's Day. Probably not, since we never celebrated it. My daughter often does something special for Mother's Day, but this year because of logistics that wasn't possible, and I couldn't have been more okay with that. I love what she does for me, but I feel guilty about the fuss and always tell her not to bother (she doesn't listen). My son and I had to put off Mother's Day because of his schedule, and that's fine too, but it was his idea to celebrate it later--we'll just hang out and watch a Netflix movie together. Perfect.

Thank you for asking. There was a really interesting article in the New York Times a couple of days ago about Mother's Day; the comments are absolutely, totally fascinating, both pro and con.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/the-last-mothers-day/

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 06:33 AM

31. Mom passed away 5 years ago

and I still miss her.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:03 AM

34. Wonderful wind chimes and a delicious

breakfast. But, you know, it was gift enough to have Will and Cailen and their wonderful friends here for the weekend.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 08:22 AM

35. I put some beautiful new flowers on her grave marker

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 08:46 AM

36. Took her to lunch and a play and gave her a pair of opal earrings

We ate good food, laughed at great local theater and managed not to fight.


Of course none of it was good enough - she didn't like the bathroom at the restaurant, the play started 3 min late, etc etc. But that is life with a mother with NPD.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 08:54 AM

37. Sent her a gift card

For Macy's . . . My dad died last August and he would normally tell me which of her favorite perfumes was 'lower' (Tresor or Red Door). Since he's not here - I sent her a gift card to go pick out whichever one she needed. And - their anniversary was on Monday last week - so I sent her a half dozen yellow roses earlier in the week as I promised my dad I would do so every year on their wedding anniversary. She loved it!

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 09:02 AM

38. I sent her flowers with FTD...

 

which delivered them late for the second year in a row.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 09:39 PM

40. My mother died in 2000. My youngest son graduated college (UNC-Chapel Hill)

yesterday: they always have commencement on Mother's Day.
He didn't want to march in the big commencement, but we went to a departmental
event honoring graduates yesterday and another event on Saturday (double major).

But, no card or flowers or gifts or even an e-mail wishing me a happy mother's day.
My husband did give me a card.

I admit to being rather disappointed. I'm very proud of both of my sons, but
even though the day has been commercialized, it wouldn't hurt to pick up the phone
or write an e-mail to wish me a happy mother's day.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #40)

Mon May 14, 2012, 10:10 PM

41. Agreed....

 

Happy Mother's Day...

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Reply #41)

Tue May 15, 2012, 03:04 PM

47. Thanks!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #40)

Tue May 15, 2012, 03:42 PM

49. I am so with you! Wth - I'm sorry but

my daughter graduated with honors - which is the best mother's gift of all - the affirmation that you did a great job as a parent.

But Mother's Day? Forget it!

Her commencement was on Saturday, and I left late afternoon so she could go out and party and celebrate.
I got a text from her Sunday am and a phone call in the evening. A Sweet post on my facebook page. But no card - not even a toast when we were toasting her.

I did get flowers from my ex with a note saying I did an amazing job as a mom.

But I'm with you. Disappointed.
A .99 cent card would have meant the world to me.

I was kinda depressed on Mother's Day this year.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 10:29 PM

42. my dear beloved Mother....

 

....has long since passed on....but Mom was always partial to Smith & Wesson revolvers....if she were alive today, I'd probably pick her up another .44 Magnum....

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:41 PM

43. I sent her two "the Progressive" magazine

and a funny card.

she can't get those magazine where she lives.

and I marched in a rain delayed Heart of the Beast May Day parade with the Vets for Peace.

We reminded people that MOthers day was really started to end war.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:07 AM

44. A plant

A card, and of course I spent the day with her. I love my mother so much. She's a wonderful person. I also made dinner for her and my father.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:09 AM

45. I called her on the phone and said Happy Mother's Day to her

i live across the country from her.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:14 AM

46. 14 pink roses but they ripped me off and it was 6 cream colored roses and purple tulips

yeesh. I think that the upside might be not having to pay for it.

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Response to Cave_Johnson (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 03:33 PM

48. Sent her yellow roses and daisies in a cute vase with a chick on it

and b'day balloon. It was for both, her b'day is right around same time. Sent a card separately too.

My girls who themselves are both mom's in early 30's one sent me a snail mail card and one a e greeting card.

We don't do expensive gifts or any gifts normally unless we see each other in person on a b'day or xmas.

My mom was surprised because i haven't sent her flowers in ten years, usually send a small gift. It was my husbands idea. I think he misses sending his mom flowers, she died a few years back.

I told my husband not to spend any money on a gift, we went out to dinner instead. My girls and mom all live out of state so its just us.

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