There’s no refuting that mothers are the overwhelming winners when people are asked who their favorite person is.
Likewise, every year Americans spend billions of dollars on Mother’s Day gifts, namely flowers and jewelry. No right-thinking person will refute that mothers deserve this top ranking, due to their selflessness, taking care of their children as best they can.
Although we are in the midst of a pandemic, Americans will spend more on Mother‘s Day gifts this year than last year. This is startling considering the massive loss of jobs experienced during recent months as well as the closure of major retailer stores. It proves how much mothers are valued.
Mothers are the most sacrificial people we know.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans will spend $26.7 billion showering mothers and mother figures with flowers—which still top the list—cards, and other gifts. The average person will spend $204.74 on Mother’s Day gifts. That is $8 more than last year’s spending.
Why? Because mothers are the most sacrificial people we know. They took care of us for months before we entered the world and could breathe on our own. They are our first teachers and role models, and their love for their children is endless.
What may be the most memorable and challenging aspect of Mother’s Day 2020 is that many Americans will be unable to spend time, in direct contact, with their mothers. Some may have to celebrate from a distance, amidst the lethal virus that now plagues us commonly known as COVID-19. I refer to it as ‘no-vic COVID’ to emphasize that it has no victory over us despite its current reign of terror.
This Mother’s Day, to protect each other from contracting or spreading it, many will have socially distant walks with their mothers. Others will wave from their mother’s lawn, while driving by, or parked in front of their homes.
Sixty-six percent of Americans will have virtual celebrations according to the NRF It is, therefore, no surprise that electronic gifts for mothers have increased 24% over last year, and gift books increased by 22%. Whatever it takes, Americans are determined not to allow this historic period—which has forced the closure of restaurants we usually flood on Mother’s Day—to keep us from celebrating Mom. Household and gardening gifts that mothers can use while at home are more popular than ever, with a 21 percent increase over last year.
Whatever it takes, Americans are determined not to allow this historic period—which has forced the closure of restaurants we usually flood on Mother’s Day—to keep us from celebrating Mom.
The extraordinary state of the world will make Mother’s Day 2020 unique in itself, but mothers can also count on a record number of celebrations and gifts because nothing can stop Americans from showing their appreciation for mothers, who are our first teacher, caretakers, and role models.
In direct response to ‘no-vic COVID’, one mother, Barbara Thomas of Victorville, CA. immediately utilized her sewing skills and has been making masks non-stop to help slow the spread of the disease. She donated her first supply to her church. Fortunately for Barbara, sewing is her favorite hobby, so making masks is a great way to spend time at home during isolation and serve others.
Two southern California daughters share tributes to their beloved mothers below.
Dear Mother, Barbara A. Thomas,
Sometimes I am at a loss for words to describe you and express my love and appreciation for you. At other times, I can voice every pleasant, positive, and loving word in the dictionary to describe the wonderful woman that you are. As you know, I constantly tell you how much I thank God for birthing me through you, and I try to show you my love in countless ways. However, age and wisdom taught me that spending time with you is what pleases you most, so I welcome every opportunity that I get to do that; I look forward to again being able to see, hug, and kiss you as we’re accustomed to, which can‘t come too soon. Meanwhile, know that just thinking about you brings a smile to me. You are my hero, and the dearest, funniest person I know. Thanks for loving me beyond measure. I love you back.
Your favorite daughter Lynne, Oak Hills
Dear Mother, Pearlie M. Evans,
I thank God for blessing me with you as my mother. You have done what the Word of God asked you to do, by training your children in the Word of God. You taught us to pray, and you read the Bible to us. In obedience to you and the Word, we applied the principals throughout our lives and are now recipients of God’s promises. Even at 93 years old you are still beautiful inside and out. Even though your memory sometimes falters, you are still an inspiration and able to lift my spirits. I love you forever and always. Your daughter B. Strong, Los Angeles
Sheryl Lynne Thomas-Perkins is an award-winning writer whose writing career began when she worked as a columnist for the A.C.C. News (A Corporation for Christ), where she won multiple awards for her heartfelt features and coverage of the Los Angeles church scene and ministry in general. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, and A Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Over the past 35 years, she has been published in USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times, The Victorville Daily Press, the L.A. Watts Times, the Atlanta Tribune, the Atlanta Daily World, and numerous other publications.