“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”
That was Prince Harry, outside Buckingham Palace marveling about how his wife, Meghan Markle, had given birth to the couple’s son, Archie, seventh in line for the British throne.
If every mom in the world didn’t already love Prince Harry, we do now. The young man gets it, and you can bet the Duchess of Sussex will be over the moon on her first Mother’s Day. And your mum here in South County can be too, if you treat her like royalty. If you’re reading this on Friday, you’ve got about 48 hours to figure out how. I’m here to help.
For starters, you can take her to the 32nd annual Laumeier Art Fair. Bonus points if you buy her something artsy, but mom will be happy simply to browse for a few hours with her favorite child. And that will be you, because you’re the one who suggested the art fair.
Or how about a bike ride on Grant’s Trail, just the two of you? Stop and admire the Clydesdales in the paddock next to Grant’s Farm. There’s nothing like that view. Or take her out to the ballgame. The Cardinals are in town, but get there early enough for the over-the-shoulder purse giveaway. Stop at Ted Drewes after the game. It really is good, guys. And girls.
You can always rely on the old standbys: flowers, the handmade card, or better yet, a collage of handmade cards you created in elementary school. There’s always brunch, but if you haven’t made a reservation by now, you’re probably out of luck. Head to the grocery story for eggs and pancake mix. And I know from experience a mimosa in a champagne flute with a strawberry garnish goes a long way. But whatever you do, don’t forget the coffee.
Later in the day, let her binge-watch “Fixer Upper,” and agree wholeheartedly when she ponders aloud how nice it would be for a few walls to be taken down in the house and the living room to be covered in shiplap.
Or take her to see “Avengers: Endgame,” even if she doesn’t know what’s going on. Be patient when she asks for clarification during that one scene because she hasn’t seen the previous 20 movies that set it all up.
The writer Marion C. Garretty once wrote that a “mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” That’s her job the other 364 days. On Sunday, pamper your mom in every way possible. Close the laptop screen, look up from your phone, and be present without prompting. No matter what you do, she’ll be happy she’s with you.