Open Thread Update: Best Mother’s Day

Last time we opened the threads so moms could share their best mother’s day gift.

There weren’t a lot of responses (we hope because all the moms were being feted by their kids and grandkids), but the ones we got were touching.

Reader Rita C. calls her daughter Barbara “…a beautiful, smart, loving woman who makes me proud every day. She IS my Mother’s Day Gift.”

“The best Mother’s Day gift I got was a poem written by my son…”

Inez W.

Like a friend who preferred getting a plant and some mother-daughter activity (“It was wonderful for us both to get our hands dirty in the soil” she recalls) instead of jelly-bean pancakes, our respondents preferred the personal touch rather than a physical gift. 

As respondent Mary L. so wisely said, “…Time is the most precious gift we have.”

“…celebrating my son’s graduation from college on a misty Mother’s Day morning in upstate New York was a gift I’ll never forget.”

Barbara K.

Covid lockdowns made the celebrations especially meaningful this year.

“… We haven’t seen each other in so long…. since COVID! What a blessing!”


Read on for more details and more heartwarming moments and sentiments, and share your story in the comments.



Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at