No, My Mom’s The Best

Photo by Alex Pasarelu

This last Sunday was Mother’s Day in the United States, a day where we take time out of our busy schedules to spend with our mother and to thank her for all the hard work she’s put in over the years.

Now, with social media running our lives, the tone has changed. My feeds the day after Mother’s Day were littered with messages to moms.

Don’t get me wrong, sharing appreciation in any way is great. People are already used to sharing a lot about their lives and it’s nice to see messages of gratitude. However, on more of these Mother’s Day posts than not, I see a message like this:

Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom anyone could ask for.

I’m sure we’re not supposed to take this literally, but if we do, it comes off with an odd tone. There are billions of moms on this planet. It’s highly unlikely any one person score the best lot. And we are all different. Not everyone would ask for the same characteristics in a mom.

If you’re going to offer gratitude in a public setting, that’s fine. It’s wonderful, actually. But if you’re going to do that, why not take an extra step. Why not say why you’re grateful? Or why not tell a heartwarming or funny story alongside the thanks?

There’s no need to suggest your mom is the greatest ever. That’d be like me finishing a new website and someone saying, “Thank you, Sean. You’re the greatest web developer of all time.” There is no way to speak a sentence like that and sound genuine.

So, take a step back. Tell your mom, “Thanks!” Tell her why you’re thankful without copping out to the generic, “You’re just the best!” Make her feel special by telling her why you think she’s special.

Be genuine and thoughtful.

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