Recorded on May 8, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
Despite commercialization and its emphasis on gifts, the original sentiments of Mothers' Day still hold strong.
Yes, many billions of dollars are spent on flowers, jewelry, restaurant meals, and greeting cards. But more important are the personal visits and those long-distance phone calls.
Each of us who was nurtured by a mother who put us first and herself last, who enjoyed a doting grandmother, and who have seen our wives sacrifice themselves know how nothing can match a mother's love.
More than gifts, they deserve our thanks and our appreciation. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.”
Our warm thanks, our time and our love are what we should provide not just on Mothers' Day, but on every day.
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook