Think about the last phone conversation you had with your mother. At some point, it probably involved her listening to you while you described what kind of sandwich you had for lunch.
“Did it have lettuce on it?” she asked.
The woman is really interested in that sandwich you had, because no one cares more about every single mundane detail of your life quite like your mother does. Because she literally created you, she always seems to be really excited when you can accomplish even the most basic tasks.
You tie your shoes, and she shakes her head and smiles. My child can tie her shoes all by herself, she’s thinking, completely ignoring the fact that you’re 30 years old and that even Forrest Gump could tie his own shoes.
Your mother cares for you 365 days a year, listening to your hopes, dreams, fears, and sandwich selections ad nauseam, so the least you can do is make a big deal about her for one day. A good gift is important, but start with the little things: don’t get an “attitude” with her on the phone like you usually do, and for once, don’t cut her off as she rambles on about the lives of extended family members that you don’t care about.
We all have to start somewhere.