Confession time, how many of you traveler’s out there actually remembered Mother’s day (it’s this Sunday, by the way) and prepared for it? Did you buy Tulips from
Truth time? My bat-phone beeped at me about three weeks ago to tell me, “Mother’s Day is Coming” and I looked at the message, shut off the beeping, made a mental note, then promptly fell asleep that night and forgot all about it. Shut up, I’m not the only one!!
If you stop your busy life long enough to think about it, travelers actually have an advantage here. The world is your oyster and there are marvelous things to shop for while you’re on a trip. Remember too, just because you bought something at the airport gift shop, that doesn’t mean you have to write “sorry, I found this in the gift shop” on the card… A cowboy hat purchased in Colorado, or a fossil from Montana, pottery from Arizona, polished gems from Utah, or a fine leather purse from a shop in Wyoming, it is “Authentic regional merchandise” nonetheless!
If you’re thinking about logging in quickly and sending mom an Amazon.com gift certificate, then shame on you! What kind of creativity have you shown? She suffered to see you brought into the world, she changed your diapers, fed you…. ah, I’ll spare you the rest, I’m sure you’ve heard it from your own mom.
What does my Mother want? Whether she knows it or not, she needs a vacation. My step-father Dave needs one too. So… I’m giving her a weekend. I will cash in enough of my Marriott points to give her a day away from work and a night or two at any Marriott in the country that she chooses to stay in. You hear that mom? She’ll be calling any minute now. She reads the blog…