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Mother's Day means keeping in touch with mom

By KEN LARSON
Sun Advocate publisher

Of all the holidays we celebrate one of the most dearest to our hearts is Mother's Day, which is coming up this Sunday. Somehow it's not just for our own mothers, but for all the mother figures in our lives.

Mother's Day has its origins in the celebrations of Rhea, the mother of Gods, in ancient Greece. It was later celebrated in England as Mothering Sunday, and then even later becoming more Christian, honoring Mother Church.

Even though so many things change and evolve in our world, Mother's Day is one of those holidays that has stayed pretty much the same. There seems to be less commercialism around this holiday and more thoughtfulness to the mothers that have done so much for us.

Even as a college kid, when my priorities seemed to be anywhere but my about home and mother, I would make it home that weekend to spend time with my mother. She passed away just a couple days before Mother's Day in 1997 and I will still take time this Sunday to plant a special tree, shrub or flower box in her memory.

Although I obviously won't be making a call this Sunday, many mothers look forward to the special telephone call they get on Mothers Day. Often you can pick up the phone and hear, "Sorry, all circuits are busy." People often try and try, but to no avail. Meanwhile mother waits for a call from someone who lives in another town or state.

Traditionally more calls are placed on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. The high volume of calls increases the likelihood of experiencing difficulties with getting through.

If you want to avoid breaking your mother's heart there are some ideas that can solve this problem. One idea is to call on Saturday. The volume of calls is much lower that day. If you do have to call Sunday, its a good idea to avoid the peak times between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also, find the country or area codes ahead of time and dial direct if possible.

Probably the best advice on a busy day like Mother's Day is to practice what your mother taught you when you were a kid. Have patience.

One idea is to call on Saturday. The volume of calls is much lower that day. If you do have to call Sunday, it's a good idea to avoid the peak times between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also, find the country or area codes ahead of time and dial direct if possible.

Probably the best advice on a busy day like Mother's Day is to practice what your mother taught you when you were a kid.

Have patience.





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