Don’t Wait to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day. This, along with Valentine’s Day, is the busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry. As with V-day I am baffled at the number of people who believe the best way to show your love for someone is to spend 2 hours sitting in the lobby of a fern bar waiting for a table. How about some numbers – 80% of the people who are taking mom out for her special day will do so between 11AM and 2PM Sunday. That is crazy! That means tens of millions of people trying to eat at the same time. What is wrong with taking her out Saturday night? Maybe take her shopping Saturday afternoon and stop by her favorite lunch spot.

Not to mention the message that sends to mom, “I know that you cooked me virtually every meal for the first 18 years of my life, but the one meal a year I am supposed to provide for you involves hanging out in the foyer of O’Apple Tuesday’s Garden and Cantina if you want to collect. Sorry I just don’t have time to cook for you myself.”

Nice logic – We can spend three hours at a chain restaurant, but I don’t have time to make something out of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals.

The rub – if you refuse to cook then by all means take mom out to eat – she deserves it – but do you really have to take her after church like the other 27 million people in the country?

Food for thought.

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